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The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond On His French-Themed Car Crashes: “I Ended Up On My Side”

The Grand Tour: Carnage A Trois has arrived on Amazon Prime Video, and fans have already professed their love for the new episode as they watch Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May causing mayhem across the UK with a number of French cars.

But as viewers saw, Richard Hammond managed to crash so well that he turned the car he was driving, a Renault Scenic, onto its side.

Talking to the press ahead of the episode’s release, Richard Hammond has opened up on not only his love for France, but the crash as well.

He said:

“It was our attempt at making cultural observations, prompted by the slightly provocative concept of ‘What’s the matter with the French?’

“I loved that idea, it was such a good starting point for the show, but by the end of it, we come to the conclusion, ‘Oh, nothing’.”

The ex-Top Gear presenter was then asked about his personal connection with France:

“Well, they’re very close, aren’t they? France was the first place that the Hammond family, 100 years ago, went on holiday abroad.

“I remember as a 10-year-old or 12-year-old, getting on the ferry, and thinking how they speak funny, and they’ve got funny money, and it’s amazing.

“So it always seemed exotic to me, even though it’s closer than some towns and cities in Britain are to where we lived.

“It’s a long way from us socially, and attitudinally. They’re different, aren’t they, the French, and that’s why it’s a great stepping-off point for the show.”

He continued: “It’s not surprising, given that they are certainly different in many, many, many ways, that their cars are expressions of that.”

Richard teased the episode’s level of, well, carnage, and how embarrassing it was to be watched by the public as he was filmed hitting and damaging cars:

“I did some French parking, which resulted in, ahem, some damage to it,” the revealed.

“It was weird filming that, because there were people in a restaurant watching and I went to park in a French fashion, and they didn’t know what we were doing.

“They obviously thought, ‘There’s that little fella off the telly, he’s clearly gone mad’ because I was destroying cars up and down the road.

“I ended up on my side at one point, inevitably, but we did that all in a very sort of French way.”

The Grand Tour presents: Carnage A Trois is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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