Les Leston

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Les Leston
Born (1920-12-16)16 December 1920
Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 91)
Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19561957
Teams Connaught, Cooper, BRM
Entries 3 (2 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1956 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1957 British Grand Prix

Alfred Lazarus Fingleston (16 December 1920 – 13 May 2012), better known as Les Leston, was a British racing driver, born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.[1]

He started racing in a Jaguar SS100 before acquiring a Cooper and his own Leston Special. He become a Cooper works driver in 1954 and took the British Formula Three championship in the same year. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 2 September 1956. He scored no championship points. Leston won the Luxembourg Grand Prix in 1952.

Following retirement from racing, Leston manufactured and sold aftermarket parts for cars, such as steering wheels and gear shifters. Later he expanded into clothing, and was instrumental in pioneering the development of safety equipment such as flameproof overalls and properly constructed crash helmets.[1] In the 1960s Leston became a Formula One pit reporter for the BBC, until he was replaced by Barrie Gill.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1956 Connaught Engineering Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 ARG MON 500 BEL FRA GBR GER ITA
NC 0
1957 Cooper Car Company Cooper T43 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON
500 FRA NC 0
Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM Straight-4 GBR


  1. ^ a b "Obituaries: Les Leston". The Daily Telegraph. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.