F1 recruits Nielsen as Sporting Director
19 July 2017 – Formula 1 has appointed Steve Nielsen as Sporting Director, working within the Motorsport Division, with the Briton to take up his new role on August 1.
Nielsen has worked for an array of Formula 1 teams across several decades in the sport, most recently at Williams, whom he joined at the end of 2014.
Williams announced earlier in the year that Nielsen would stand down from his role as Sporting Manager at the end of July, citing a desire to travel less, with McLaren's Dave Redding appointed as his successor.
Nielsen will now move to a role with Formula 1, and will report directly to Ross Brawn, who was installed as Managing Director (Motorsports) upon Liberty Media's acquisition of the sport in January.
"I have known Steve for many years and have seen at first hand his skills and ability," said Brawn.
"His appointment will strengthen the working group we are setting up to work with the FIA and the teams in defining a framework for the technical and sporting regulations for Formula 1's next phase.
"Steve's main responsibility will be related to sporting and organisational matters, for example by attending the meetings of the Sporting Working Group."