Top Gear won't return this year

Top Gear has been on hold since Freddie Flintoff's accident credit:Bang Showbiz
Top Gear has been on hold since Freddie Flintoff's accident credit:Bang Showbiz

'Top Gear' will not return this year.

The BBC stopped production on the motoring show earlier this month after presenter Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff was seriously injured in a car crash during filming, and they have no plans to restart as BBC Studios are awaiting the findings of an investigation into the incident, and also want to give the 45-year-old former cricketer time to recover.

As a result, the show won't hit its usual deadlines to return to screens in the autumn.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: “Cast and crew are still reeling from the shock accident and there is concern about the future of the show.

“Because 'Top Gear' is such a risky production and there are lots of logistics involved with filming, it’s far more complicated than other TV series.

“As well as awaiting the results of the investigation, many production members wouldn’t feel comfortable beginning again without Freddie anyway, he’s such an integral part of the series.

“The incident was a shock for everyone involved and very serious.”

The news comes after it was claimed Freddie - who was airlifted to hospital after the crash - is planning an extended break from TV until he is in a "better place".

A source said: “He is putting his career on hold until he is in a better place mentally and physically, and can’t say when he will return to making TV shows.

“As a loving husband and dad he understands the fear his family feel about what’s happened, knowing that he could have been killed."

Freddie - who has daughter Holly, 18, sons Corey, 16, Rocky, 14, and Preston, four, with his wife Rachel - understands that there are “more important things” to focus on than his media career, like his healing journey.

The source added: “That’s why this decision will be a painful one for Freddie, but he knows that, for now at least, there are more important things in life.”