Nielsen appointed Williams Sporting Manager

by Paul Hensby

Williams Martini Racing have announced that Steve Nielsen has been appointed as the teams’ new Sporting Manager with immediate effect.

He joins the team having recently departed the Scuderia Toro Rosso team where he had been sporting director since 2013, and will take on his new role that sees him take on the responsibility and operation of the Williams team. He will manage the sporting matters faced by the team and will ensure that the directives within the team are complied with and implemented in the correct manner.

Nielsen, who has been involved in Formula 1 for 27 years having worked for teams such as Tyrrell, Honda, Arrows, Benetton/Renault and Caterham, was thrilled to be joining Williams.

“I’m delighted to be joining a team of Williams’ history and stature in what is a very exciting time for everyone at Grove after a very impressive 2014 season,” said Nielsen. “In this role I will be able to help ensure that our operations at the race track are maintaining the highest standards and that we are maximising our performance at the race track from a sporting perspective.

“Williams’ has a very talented team of people and I’m looking forward to working with them.” 

Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, who worked with Nielsen when at Renault, welcomed Nielsen and hopes his addition to the team will further see the team improve having finished third in the Constructors’ Championship in 2015.

“Steve brings a wealth of experience of the sporting side of Formula One and will help us as a team as we aim to climb further up the Championship table,” said Symonds. “He has won World Championships in the past and knows what needs to be done on a sporting level for Williams to do this again.

“We have a talented and ever improving race team and with Steve on board we are well placed to make further operational gains next season.”

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