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Alfred Lazarus Fingleston (born 16 December 1920 and died 13 May 2012), better know as Les Leston, was a British Formula One driver who entered three Grand Prix between 1956 and 1957.

Having served in World War II, Leston began racing in the early 1950s, acquiring a 500cc Cooper. After winning the Luxembourg Grand Prix in 1952, he was hired as a works Cooper driver in 1954 where he won the British Formula 3 championship.

In 1956, he made his Formula One debut with Connaught at the 1956 Italian Grand Prix. It was a short race for Leston, as his car's suspension failed after just six laps. He entered two other Grand Prix the following year. The first was the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix with Cooper, but he failed to qualify. His final Formula One appearance was at the 1957 British Grand Prix with the Owen Racing Organisation, but his car again let him down and he failed to finish the race.

Outside of Formula One, he competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with various teams. He was entered into the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans to drive a Lotus 23 with Tony Shelly, but did not participate after the team's car was banned by the event organizers. He also participated in British touring cars and some rally events.

In 1958, he suffered burns from an accident while racing his Formula 2 Lotus, after which he began to focus on an automotive accessories business. He pioneered the marketing of flameproof overalls. At the time, most racing drivers simply wore shirts. Graham Hill was an avid promoter of Leston's overalls.

In the late 1960s, Leston was hired by the BBC as a Formula One pit reporter, eventually being replaced by Barrie Gill.


Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1956 United Kingdom Connaught Engineering Connaught-Alta 0 NC
1957 United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax 0 NC
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM

Career Statistics[]

Entries 3
Starts 2
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 50
Distance Raced 272 km (169 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Pos
1956 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Abruzzo bandiera.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
DNQ Ret
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols

Notes[]

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