Williams has secured the services of Steve Nielsen for the newly-created role of Sporting Manager, reporting to Pat Symonds, the team’s Chief Technical Officer.
Nielsen previously worked with Scuderia Toro Rosso as the Italian team’s Sporting Director. His experience in Formula 1 spans almost thirty years; he has previously worked for the likes of Caterham, Lotus, Tyrrell, Benetton/Renault, Honda and Arrows.
His new role at Williams will see him responsible for “the overall management and operation” at Williams, the team confirmed.
“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,” he said of his new role.
“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.”
“Steve brings a wealth of experience of the sporting side of Formula 1 and will help us as a team as we aim to climb further up the championship table,” Symonds added.
“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.”
Nielsen’s position at Toro Rosso will in turn be taken over by its newly-appointed team manager, Graham Watson, who joined the team in September from Caterham after he was one of a number of staffmembers who were sacked amid its financial plight.
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