Hammond back behind the wheel after fiery crash

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 07:21:19 AM. RICHARD Hammond is back driving again just two months after narrowly avoiding death when his electric supercar burst into flames on a hillside in Switzerland in June.

The 47-year-old managed to escape from the wreckage — that took eight hours to extinguish — with a fractured knee, and eight weeks later he’s behind the wheel again, The Sun reports.

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Richard Hammond's burnt out car. Picture: AmazonSource:Supplied

In the clip shown on DriveTribe captioned: “Today I took my first drive since my recent visit to Shuntsville”, he can be heard celebrating, “I’m back, oh yeah!”

He tells the camera: “This feels better than the first time, being 17 and given the keys to freedom because this time, I’m ready.”

He then praised the medics who had taken care of him, exclaiming: “This is beautiful, thank you doctors, thank you.”

Becoming emotional he said: “I shouldn’t even be sharing this moment, it feels too personal right now ... I mean I’m dressed, but I feel like I’m not.

“This is where I’ve been all this time, in my head. I can go anywhere.”

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Hammond spent weeks in hospital recovering.Source:Supplied

Referring to the mountain race which almost killed him he added: “Wales is over there, it’s got mountains in it, there’s a ghost I need to exorcise, I’m going there.”

Speaking to Drive Tribe following the crash, Richard revealed he thought he was going to die.

“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’.”

“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’.

“It was like being in a tumble dryer full of bricks. I was conscious that it was upside down. And obviously your brain is telling you that is not a good place to be.”

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The fire from Hammond’s crash took eight hours to extinguish. Picture: AmazonSource:Supplied

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.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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