Former Top Gear presenter Steve Berry criticised the show following Freddie Flintoff’s horror crash.

Last week, the former England cricket player and TV host was photographed for the first time since the shock accident while filming Top Gear in December 2022 which it was said he was ‘lucky’ to have survived.

Since the crash, Freddie, 45, has kept a low profile while he recovers.

Speaking on GB News, ex presenter Steve – who left the show in 1999 – said the show has an issue with its talent, arguing they are not qualified to carry out the tasks required for the programme.

‘The difference back when I did it was they used to appoint motoring journalists,’ he told Dan Wootton.

‘I was completely aware of the dangers that could often occur. I was under no illusion.’

Freddie Flintoff
Freddie has been keeping his injuries away from the public eye (Picture: Rex / Getty)
Freddie Flintoff
The Top Gear crash was almost fatal (Picture: BBC/Lee Brimble)

He added: ‘The problem for me with the modern Top Gear is you’re asking a cricketer to do things that really should be done by people who know what they’re doing.

‘But it’s the viewer that’s the problem.’

After breaking a rib and suffering facial injuries in the crash, which happened while shooting an episode of Top Gear at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey, it was revealed that Freddie’s three-wheeled open-top car, which did not have air bags, had flipped.

He then had to wait an ‘agonising’ 45 minutes for an air ambulance – with the BBC later offering him an apology.

It was revealed this week that Freddie would be returning to screens ‘this winter’, with reports he is gearing up to resume filming Field of Dreams, which sees him go on the hunt for untapped cricketing talent.

A source told The Mirror: ‘Everyone is thrilled and relieved Freddie is gearing up to get back to work. has reached out to BBC for comment.

Top Gear is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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