RICHARD Hammond has told how he thought he was “going to die” during a horror crash while filming The Grand Tour earlier this month.
The presenter escaped a burning £2million supercar in Switzerland during the incident, and was left suffering from a fractured knee – but he knows it could have been much worse.
The 47-year-old’s vehicle burst into flames just moments before he managed to escape it.
Speaking on DriveTribe, the star said: “I was aware that I was up high, and that inevitably the car was going to come down.
“And yeah of course there was a moment of dread – ‘Oh God, I’m going to die’.
“And also I was aware that the car was taking just such a beating.
“I mean if you look at those craters, that’s a big hole that’s just impact and it looks like the thing has been dropped from space to leave a hole that big.
“So yeah I was probably going, ‘Well this is it’.
“In fact that is what was going through my mind. I thought, ‘I’ve had it’.”
Hammond was in conversation with Mate Rimac, CEO of car manufacturer Rimac, as he opened up about the disaster.
Describing the aftermath of the crash, he said: “I was wriggling and writhing to get out which was a bit difficult because I had a normal seat belt on not a harness.
“I do remember saying to them drag me by my arms not my legs because I think I’ve broken that leg.”
But immobility following the smash hasn’t got Richard down – he’s even pimped his own wheelchair to make life easier.
The Rimac car he managed to escape, by speedily unstrapping himself and crawling out, had to be hosed down for eight hours after his crash.
Both Jeremy Clarkson and James May were present and feared Hammond was dead while paramedics treated him behind a screen.
Clarkson subsequently said the “inferno” crash was the “worst he’d ever seen”.