He might have made headlines last summer, when he crashed the Rimac Concept One while filming for The Grand Tour, and somehow made it out with just a fractured knee, but Richard Hammond has had a much more horrific accident in the past.
Specifically, he had a very serious crash in a dragster back in 2006, while doing 288 mph (463 km/h), and sustained life-threatening injuries, but eventually recovered and got on with business, first with Top Gear and now with The Grand Tour.
His co-host, Jeremy Clarkson, is (in)famous for making lots of ironic remarks and to hell with the consequences. The man has managed to insult whole countries, so picking on Hammond, or The Hamster as he’s nicknamed, isn’t that surprising after all.
According to the Mirror, Clarkson has gone on record saying that Hammond has a 5-second-long memory as a result of his accidents.
“You can tell him something, and five seconds later it is gone out of his head”, Jezza said. “Well, it is not his fault, it is because he cannot drive and he went upside down and damaged his brain. He has no capacity for remembering anything, and some of it is because he is not interested in anything and some of it because has had brain damage.”
Now, making fun of someone that has come close to death twice might seem like he’s insensitive, Clarkson has always laughed at the face of political correctness. What sparked his comment was the fact that, While filming the Mozambique Special that will air on Friday 16, the Hamster apparently fell off his motorbike and was knocked out as a result.
“Basically, what’s gone wrong is I keep getting injured”, Hammond said, whereas JC finds it difficult to hold a straight face while filming.
“There are moments where I laughed so much, you know that dangerous laughter when you think,’if I do not breathe in, I’ll suffocate'”, Clarkson added.
Well, at some point Jezza will also make a mistake – and we bet Hammond, along with James May, won’t let it slide without mocking him, too.