Bill Aston

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William "Bill" Aston
Born (1900-03-29)29 March 1900
Hopton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Died 4 March 1974(1974-03-04) (aged 73)
Lingfield, Surrey, England, UK
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 1952
Teams Aston Butterworth
Races 3 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1952 British Grand Prix
Last race 1952 Italian Grand Prix

William "Bill" Aston (29 March 1900, Hopton, Staffordshire – 4 March 1974, Lingfield, Surrey) was a British racing driver who participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, for his own team Aston Butterworth.

Prior to taking part in Formula One, Aston was a test pilot and motorcycle racer. He turned to four-wheel racing with a Cooper-JAP in Formula Three and later graduated into Formula Two. He came close to winning a heat race at Chimay in 1951, driving an 1,100 c.c. Cooper, but his car failed on the last lap.[1] In the same year he set a 500cc world speed record at Montlhéry in the streamlined Cooper, fitted with a V-twin J.A.P. motor.[2]

For 1952 he teamed up with Archie Butterworth to build the Aston Butterworth, a car that raced quite well, but was unfortunately very unreliable. He entered the car in the 1952 German Grand Prix but failed on the second lap. At the Italian Grand Prix he failed to make it through qualifying. Aston raced on into his 60s, with a Mini and a Jaguar, before he retired.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1952 W S Aston Aston NB 41 Butterworth Flat 4 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR
DNS
GER
Ret
NED ITA
DNQ
NC 0

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Motor Sport, June 1951, Page 298.
  2. ^ Motor Sport, November 1951, Page 530.

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