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The Grand Tour series 2: Hammond took 'massive risks' before crash

19 June

The crash that hospitalised The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond during a Swiss hill-climb race "wouldn't have happened to a real pro", says the event's winner. 

Racing driver Marcel Steiner told The Sun that "superheroes like Hammond" are often ill-prepared for professional events.

Most participants study the route before the race takes place, he said, but those with little racing experience "only appear shortly beforehand at the track and thereby take massive risks".

The former Top Gear star crashed while filming the second season of the Amazon Prime motoring show in the town of Hemberg, in the north-eastern canton of St Gallen. His all-electric Rimac Concept One veered off the road shortly after crossing the finish line. 

According to The Guardian, the car "plummeted down a hill" and "flipped over".

Hammond escaped the wreckage before it "burst into flames", but was hospitalised with a broken knee.

The crash is now being investigated by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), reports Motorsport

Investigators will examine "why Hammond’s car was travelling too quickly to make the left-hand bend after the finish line", it adds.

Hammond's Grand Tour co-host Jeremy Clarkson says he thought the presenter had been killed. "I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn't see Hammond. I didn't want to see him. Not after a crash that big," he wrote on his social media site Drivetribe

"I genuinely thought he was dead."

The crash has delayed the launch of the second season of The Grand Tour, which was due to air at the end of the year, Clarkson revealed in another Drivetribe post.

He said: "I've been up since dawn, rewriting all of the scripts and ideas we had to accommodate the fact that Hammond can't drive for the next few months.

"Meanwhile, he is lying in a bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need and give him drugs."

The Grand Tour season 2: Clarkson's knees 'turned to jelly' after Hammond crash 

12 June

Jeremy Clarkson says his knees 'turned to jelly" after seeing the charred remains of the Rimac Concept One that his co-presenter, Richard Hammond, had crashed. The two stars were in Switzerland filming for their Grand Tour motoring show when the accident happened.

Hammond was filming scenes for the upcoming second series of the Amazon Prime motoring show, says The Guardian, which saw the former Top Gear presenter take the £2m Rimac electric car up a hill climb rally event in Switzerland. 

For unknown reasons, the newspaper says the car "plummeted down a hill" and "flipped over" before it "burst into flames". Hammond was able to escape from the wreckage, but was hospitalised with a knee injury.

In a blog post on his social media website Drivetribe, Clarkson said: "I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn't see Hammond. I didn't want to see him. Not after a crash that big.

"I genuinely thought he was dead."

Shortly after the incident, Hammond posted a video on the site and told fans from his hospital bed: "Yes, it's true, I've binned it again". 

It's the second time the former Top Gear presenter has been hospitalised while filming for the new series. 

Hammond suffered head injuries after falling off his motorcycle while filming in Mozambique, although he said in a Drivetribe post that he couldn't reveal what happened until "later in the year on the show".

Sources told The Sun that Hammond had been "knocked out" by the incident, which left Clarkson and co-star James May "shaken". 

The second season of The Grand Tour is expected to air on Amazon Prime at the end of the year. 

The Grand Tour Season 2: Clarkson 'slammed' for village closure

30 May 

Jeremy Clarkson has been "slammed" by residents of a sleepy village in Yorkshire after it was temporarily closed to film an episode of his Grand Tour Amazon Prime motoring show, Metro reports.

The show's production crews temporarily closed the village of Farnley Tyas, West Yorkshire, forcing residents "to take ten-mile detours", says the newspaper.

One of Farnley Tyas's residents, Charles Ripley, told the paper that the closure of the village led to "total chaos and mismanagement". 

He said the ten-mile detours were "not practical" and the filming "caused considerable disruption to people moving about from one side to the other."

A spokesperson for the Grand Tour confirmed to the Mirror that the show had filmed an episode in the village, but denied this had caused chaos.

The production crew had "informed the local TV and filming authorities" of the shoot, but did not publicly announce the filming for fear the show's "eager, younger fans" would turn up and try to photograph the presenters while they were driving. 

The roads were closed to allow Clarkson, along with co-stars Richard Hammond and James May, to "race around in a souped-up Toyota Hilux", says the Daily Star.

The car is set to appear in the second series of the Amazon Prime motoring show, adds the paper, which is expected to air towards the end of the year.

Members of the £79 per year Amazon Prime service can stream all 13 episodes of the first season now. 

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