Published On: Sun, Aug 13th, 2017

Richard Hammond back behind the wheel after almost being KILLED in Grand Tour horror crash

The 47-year-old – who was filming The Grand Tour in Switzerland back in June when his car flipped over and burst into flames – had to have surgery on his knee after the incident.

After two months of recovery, Richard finally got back in the driver’s seat this weekend and made sure to take to his Drive Tribe blog to let his fans know just how excited he was.

The former Top Gear presenter captioned the clip: “Today I took my first drive since my recent visit to Shuntsville.”

Richard then told the camera, while squealing with delight: “This feels better than the first time, being 17 and given the keys to freedom because this time, I’m ready.”

He then went on to thank those who had nursed him back to health, saying: “This is beautiful, thank you doctors, thank you.

“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.

“Wales is over there, it’s got mountains in it, there’s a ghost I need to exorcise, I’m going there,” he added, clearly referencing the mountain race where the horrendous crash took place.

Richard’s latest video comes after he spoke out about the smash from his hospital bed.

The car fanatic also apologised to his wife and two daughters in the 42-second long video; which was entitled “I’m not dead”.

Richard told the camera: “Hello! Yes it’s true, I’ve binned it, again. I’d like to thank all of the medical professionals who got me from the crash to this hospital by air ambulance and have dealt with me ever since.

“I’d like to say a 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.

“Most importantly, sorry to my wife Mindy and to my daughters Issy and Willow, I’m sorry for being such a colossal…” as James May held up a book that had the title “The Idiot Brain”. 

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Richard Hammond back behind the wheel after almost being KILLED in Grand Tour horror crash