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Richard Hammond insists Top Gear or a similar show will return to screens after it was put on hiatus following Freddie Flintoff's horror crash.
Production of the hit motoring show has been halted since former England cricket captain Freddie, 46, was taken to hospital in December 2022 after he was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.
Following the crash, the BBC announced that it would pause production on the show, co-presented by Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness and automotive journalist Chris Harris, as it was felt it would be 'inappropriate', adding there would be a health and safety review.
Television presenter Richard, 54, who recently completed filming of the penultimate series of Amazon's The Grand Tour, insists there will still be a desire for a motoring show with fast cars and stunts in the future.
When asked if he thought Top Gear would be off screens for good, he told the Radio Times: 'I very much doubt it. Top Gear was on hiatus when we took it on so it’ll come back one day, although in what shape I don’t know.
Richard Hammond insists Top Gear or a similar show will return to screens after it was put on hiatus following Freddie Flintoff's horror crash (Richard pictured for The Grand Tour)
Production of Top Gear, formerly hosted by Richard, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, has been halted since former England cricket captain Freddie Flintoff crashed a car while filming (L-R: James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson pictured for The Grand Tour)
'The decision to buy our next car is probably the most significant contribution we can make as individuals to the future, so we need to be informed. Maybe that’s the route it could take?
'As for shows like The Grand Tour, I don’t think the human desire for adventure is ever going to be sated. It’ll continue in different forms, modified to suit its time.'
Richard hosted Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, 63, and James May, 61, from 2002 to 2015.
Since 2016, the trio have presented The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime but it was reported in November last year that filming on the show was set to end, with the penultimate series, Sand Job, available for streaming from Friday.
With Richard, Jeremy and James having worked together for nearly a quarter of a century, they have come to know each other pretty well.
Richard was just 30 years old when he started hosting Top Gear and they have been through a lot together both in their professional and private lives.
In 2006 while filming a stunt for Top Gear, Richard was driving a Vampire jet car at 320mph when one of the tyres blew, causing it to spin out of control and crash, flipping upside down and leaving him in a coma.
The presenter was in a coma for two weeks and the incident left him with serious head injuries.
Freddie Flintoff, pictured in September last year, was air lifted to hospital after he rolled a three-wheel Morgan Super 3 while on the Top Gear test track
Richard recovered and returned to the show in early 2007 but revealed in February last year that he fears he has memory loss as a result.
On his maintaining close friendships with Jeremy and James, Richard said: 'We know each other very well, and it’s not founded on seeing one another in an office every day or in the pub at weekends.
'It’s seeing one another in incredible places, grappling with illness and injury.'
It comes after Richard revealed he, Jeremy and James could make a surprising career move after quitting Prime Video's The Grand Tour.
The trio joined the streaming service in 2015 to continue his motoring adventures following their time on Top Gear, but will now end the show after five series.
Asked if could see the car enthusiasts renovating a property abroad, he joked to The Sun: 'That's genuinely not a bad idea, I might make a note of that and claim it as my own.'
Richard went on to say how they were too busy