Richard Hammond has joined James May in confirming he will not be returning to BBC2's Top Gear following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson and the departure of executive producer, Andy Wilman.

It will mean the BBC2 show – if it continues – will have an entirely new presenting team and senior back-room staff when it returns.

Hammond hopes to continue to work for the BBC and is understood to have a number of BBC1 projects in the pipeline.

Hammond said on Twitter: "To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway."

Hammond's comment about not quitting his "mates" implies that he would not return to a new version of the show without Clarkson and May.