Richard Hammond's wife Mindy has dubbed her husband a "silly, silly boy" following the high-speed crash in which he was involved on June 10.

The 47-year old former Top Gear presenter turned over a £2 million electric car in Switzerland before the vehicle burst into flames. The incident occurred 11 years after Hammond suffered brain injuries in a 288 mph rocket car accident.

The couple have two daughters, 16-year old Izzy, and 13-year old Willow. Writing in a column for today's Sunday Express, 46-year old journalist Mindy revealed how she heard the news of her husband's car accident while shopping with her oldest daughter in Cheltenham.

Mrs Hammond described how she and Izzy instinctively hugged each other for support when they learned of the 120 mph crash, after which the TV presenter was air-lifted to hospital. The Swiss segment was intended for The Grand Tour, Hammond's new TV show for Amazon.

The writer's mild reprimand in the Sunday Express was nevertheless blunt and direct. She wrote: 'most of us are fortunate to escape looking death in the face. Richard's done it twice - and that's two times too many.'

The iconic motoring presenter avoided serious injury, but suffered bruises, cuts and a broken knee. Luckily, he had undone his seat-belt and was able to fling himself out of the vehicle moments before it went on fire. His wife says he will need 'months' of rehabilitation following knee surgery.

Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman said after the crash that the presenter was seconds from being "incinerated".

"Jeremy and James both raced down to the scene of the crash as soon as it happened," he told The Sunday Mirror.

"When they saw the wreckage on fire they thought Richard was dead. It was really bad. They were staggered he had got out of it alive, because there was just nothing left."

Co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson witnessed the incident and said it was the "biggest" and "most frightening" crash he had ever seen.

Mindy Hammond, wife of motoring presenter Richard  ©Loose Women