Will Dron, a writer for the Sunday Times, wrote an article on Hammond’s crash. Unlike other articles however where the crash was just described, Will went one step further, talking about what would have happened if it were Jeremy or James driving. The results, well, let’s just say we’re glad they weren’t.
He explains how a source close to the production company of The Grand Tour said that if James or Jeremy were driving, it’s unlikely they would have survived.
This is due to their towering height – well, towering to me anyway. At heights of six foot and six foot five inches for James and Jeremy respectively, they would have been much more likely to hit their heads during the rolling of the Rimac.
Hammond described the rolling as being “like being in a tumble dryer full of bricks going down a hill.
“Even with me in it, with a helmet on … it’s a small car; it’s not massive. There’s only about that much [indicates around 1.5in above his head] clearance. Which means if it had collapsed by more than that, that’s my head.”
If a taller driver had been driving and hit his head then they may have lost consciousness. Not good for a car that burst into flames within seconds of Hammond releasing himself from its confines.
“Obviously because I was upside down, I was hanging off the seatbelt, resting my head on the crash helmet,” Hammond said. “It was difficult to get out.”
A taller man would have had real difficulty getting out from the upturned vehicle, and with such a rush to get out, who says they would have made it.
All we can say is we’re so glad Hammond wasn’t badly hurt, and we’re equally glad that one of the others weren’t driving.