Richard Hammond is back behind the wheel after crash

Louise McCreesh
Photo credit: DriveTribe

From Digital Spy

Cover your eyes and shut down your social media feeds, as Richard Hammond is officially back behind the wheel of a car for the first time since his horror crash in Switzerland.

The Grand Tour presenter – now as ubiquitous for his wince-inducing car wipeouts as his hosting gigs themselves – was involved in yet another serious accident earlier this year while filming the Hemberg time trial in the Rimac Concept One during filming for the second series of the hit Amazon car show.

The car crashed and Hammond managed to escape to safety moments before the car caught fire, but the presenter was airlifted to hospital after the incident, ultimately revealing that he'd fractured his knee and had to undergo several procedures to fix it.

Photo credit: DriveTribe

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Following months of rehab and therapy, Richard has now taken to his, James May and Jeremy Clarkson's website to reveal that he finally got back into a vehicle and was on the road again yesterday – and it's safe to say he was pretty excited to be driving again.

"Today, I took my First Drive since my recent visit to Shuntsville," he wrote on DriveTribe, but really it's the video itself that does the talking.

"Yeeesss. I'm back! Oh yeah. This feels better than the first time, maybe better than being 17 and given the keys to my freedom because, this time, I'm ready," he says in the clip.

"This is beautiful. Thank you, doctors. Thank you."

It's a big step forward for Hammond, but The Grand Tour's health-related issues aren't over yet. Earlier this month, Jeremy Clarkson was admitted to hospital while on a family holiday in Spain to be treated for pneumonia, which he later said means he'll be "out of action for quite some time".

"Thanks for all the good wishes," Jeremy wrote. "And to keep you up to date, I'll be out of action for quite some time apparently.

"It's really really annoying because I've never had one day off work since I started in 1978."

The Grand Tour returns to Amazon later this year.

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