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Steve Nielsen Joins F1 as Consultant After FIA Exit

24/02/2024

Following his departure from the FIA, Steve Nielsen has joined Formula 1 as a consultant. His vast experience and respected position within the sport are expected to bring valuable insights to his new role.

Steve Nielsen, the former Sporting Director of the FIA, has joined the Formula 1 organization as a consultant following his departure from the governing body at the end of last year.

Joining the FIA in January 2023 as part of its broader restructuring, Nielsen resigned from his role as Sporting Director in December after just 11 months in the position.

Upon his appointment by the FIA, it was stated that the British national would be “responsible for overseeing all sporting matters, including the ongoing development of race control and the remote operations center, as well as future updates to the sporting regulations.”

However, Nielsen has left, marking one of several high-profile departures from the FIA after the end of the 2023 season.

Nielsen’s departure came about due to differences in viewpoints. He believed the FIA was not willing to make the necessary changes to align its operations with its purpose.

Steve Nielsen’s Diverse Journey in F1

Nielsen is a highly respected figure within the F1 paddock. He began his career in the sport in the 1980s as a truck driver for a catering company before moving through Lotus, Tyrell, Benetton, Honda, Arrows, Caterham, Toro Rosso, and Williams.

In 2017, he then joined F1 as Sporting Director, becoming one of Ross Brawn’s first major hires when Liberty Media took over the sport.

Five years in F1 saw Nielsen involved in the development of sporting regulations as well as operational responsibilities on race weekends.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brit played a crucial role in filling a heavily affected calendar, bringing events back to former circuits such as Imola, Nurburgring, and Istanbul, while also seeing Mugello and Qatar host their first F1 races.

After leaving the FIA at the end of December, Nielsen set up a consultancy and was spotted in the Bahrain paddock during pre-season testing after accepting a part-time position in F1, where he will perform similar functions to those he previously held.

Nielsen will work with other clients as a consultant, including for circuits.

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