Richard Hammond: I’ve been an idiot!

Richard Hammond in Swiss hospital

RICHARD Hammond said he had been a “colossal idiot” after escaping a horrifying £2million supercar fireball.

The former Top Gear host posted a video from his hospital bed on Sunday, during which he thanked staff and Grand Tour co-host James May for “sneaking a bottle of gin” into the hospital.

The TV star suffered a fractured knee when he smashed an electric supercar through a barrier and sent it crashing down a hill in Switzerland on Saturday.

Horror Rimac fireball
Horror Rimac fireball

He was found lying on the ground near the Rimac Concept One electric car, having scrambled free just moments before it burst into flames.

It is the second time the 47-year-old has suffered a serious crash while filming after he was left with life-threatening head injuries following a high-speed crash in 2006. He was filming for Top Gear at the time.

In a video filmed by visiting co-host James May and posted by Drive Tribe, Hammond said: “Yes, it’s true – I binned it. Again. The net result being I’m here, in a hospital in Switzerland.”

May holds up Idiot Book to Hammond!
May holds up Idiot Book to Hammond!

While showing off X-Rays of his knee, Hammond added: “This is my knee, that they’re going to turn from this into this – giving me a Swiss Army knee hopefully later today.

“I’d like to say thank you as well to James May, who smuggled a bottle of gin in for me last night. I shouldn’t have said that out loud.

“And most importantly sorry to my wife Mindy and my daughters, Izzy and Willow. I’m sorry for being such a colossal idiot. More news later.”

Co-hot and pal May then holds a copy of the Idiot Brain book, mocking Hammond for the awful crash.

Footage of the terrifying smash has been published which shows Mr Hammond speeding towards the corner.

As he approaches, the presenter loses control of the rear and the car crashes through the barrier.

His co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and May ran to help him after the car burst into flames, with Clarkson describing the crash as the “most frightening” he has ever seen.

A spokesman for The Grand Tour said: “Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury.

“Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames.

“He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Gallen to be checked over, revealing a fracture to his knee.”

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