Friday 6 December 2019

Hammond steers clear of Clarkson

Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson drove round Italy for their new DVD (BBC)
Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson drove round Italy for their new DVD (BBC)

Richard Hammond has joked the best way to enjoy a road trip with his Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson is by ignoring him.

The pair enjoyed a dream holiday touring Italy, driving various super cars for their new DVD The Perfect Road Trip 2, although Hammond admitted they did not always get on.

He said: "Jeremy insists on eating fiddly foods that I don't like and going and looking at boring parts of rocks when I'd rather drive around, so there is some arguing in it."

Asked how to survive a trip with Clarkson, Hammond said: "By being in a different car, that helps. Switching my radio off, so he can't talk to me. Ignoring my telephone. These are the coping mechanisms that we've both devised and we both use the same tactics.

"To be fair we have a laugh actually, it's great fun. But yes he's... awful!"

The Top Gear host admitted it was a very different experience to filming the Christmas special in Argentina, when t he presenters of the show and their crew fled the country as a result of protests over the plate on Clarkson's Porsche. It read H982 FKL, which some interpreted as an insensitive reference to the Falklands War in 1982, although the show's makers insisted it had not been planned.

Hammond confessed: "It wasn't [fun]... I think some members of the crew had a very frightening experience.

"All I'll say on that is, various people have had their say, the government over there and various people over here. There's not a lot to add from me because you'll see it in the show.

"When the special goes out you'll be able to see for yourself, and judge for yourself what happened and what you think of it. People will make up their own minds."

Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip 2, released Monday November 17, is available to pre-order now on DVD and Blu-Ray from

PA Media

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