Caterham’s sporting director Steve Nielsen has quit his post, barely a year into his role with the Leafield-based team.
In what is undoubtedly a bitter blow for the team, the news of his resignation comes just over a month after Caterham underwent a major leadership reshuffle that saw Cyril Abiteboul take over from Tony Fernandes as Team Principal.
it is understood that Nielsen has accepted a post to join the Mercedes F1 team, in a move that will reunite him with Bob Bell, the team’s technical director with whom he worked during his time at Benetton/Renault.
Nielsen is a vastly experienced figure in the sport whose departure will be felt within Caterham. The 48-year-old came into the sport in the mid 1980s as a team truck driver, and was steadily promoted through the ranks in stint with Team Lotus and Tyrrell, before he joined the stillborn Honda F1 project in 1999, and later moving to roles at Arrows and Benetton/Renault.