Richard Hammond fans fear for star as he gets back in car that almost killed him

Richard Hammond worried fans by getting back behind the wheel of the car which left him fighting for his life.

The Grand Tour star suffered a head injury when he crashed the jet-powered Vampire dragster while filming for Top Gear 16 years ago, and spent two weeks in a coma.

So his fans were flabbergasted when he was filmed in the Vampire again as he shot content for his DriveTribe website.

Introducing the video on the site, the TV star says: "Well, 2022 is upon us and I thought it would be good to look ahead to at what me and the DriveTribe team have planned. And whilst I was at it I got back into a car that I don't remember ever getting out of last time."

The clip them shows him looking nervous as he gets inside the car. Richard tells fans that as he doesn't remember ever getting out, in some ways he's still in the vehicle.

Fans said they could sense the star's anxiety, and many applauded his courage.

One posted: "I am not going to lie when I saw you get into that machine, my heart sank.

"All I could think was, no man don't do it."

Another person said: "Trust me, if I was Hammond I wouldn't even go near that thing without having a panic attack. Got to give it to him, he's brave. Well done Richard."

"I must say to Hammond that he is quite brave for just being by that car and facing the trauma," said another fan, who called the TV star "a brilliant man".

"Kudos for even standing near that car never mind sitting in it," posted another.

One fan said: "He puts a brace face on but you can feel the anxiety."

Richard, 52, had to be cut out of the car after the terrifying accident in 2006.

He was airlifted to hospital and spent two weeks in a coma.

The star went on to recover from the smash but it was later reported that he had suffered with post-traumatic amnesia.

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