F1’s Nielsen joins FIA to change into sporting director
Method 1’s Steve Nielsen has joined the FIA to go up all sporting issues within the function of sporting director, because the governing physique updates its F1 construction.
Nielsen had over 30 years of expertise with groups — primarily with Benetton and Renault earlier than strikes to Toro Rosso and Williams — earlier than he was named F1’s sporting director in 2017. After 5 years within the function, he’ll now transfer to the FIA to take up an analogous place, however this time to manage the game.
“I’ve spent my skilled life working for a lot of groups and organizations in Method 1, and can’t wait to have interaction with one other new chapter with the FIA,” Nielsen mentioned. “I’d wish to thank each the president and Stefano Domenicali for his or her belief in me, and I perceive and admire the distinctive challenges that include being the regulator.
“Having labored intently with quite a few individuals within the federation over time, I’m trying ahead to tackling these challenges that lie forward with them — Method 1 is in an awesome place in the meanwhile, and it’s our accountability to make sure the long run well being of the game that’s on the coronary heart of all the things we do.”
Nielsen will report into Nikolas Tombazis, who has change into single-seater director, and Tombazis’ reviews will even embody a brand new technical director in former McLaren engineer Tim Goss, monetary director Federico Lodi and Method 1 technique and operations director Francois Sicard.
“I’m excited and honored to be taking over this new place throughout the FIA, and really grateful to the president for the belief he’s demonstrating in the direction of me,” Tombazis mentioned. “We have now a bunch of extraordinarily gifted and devoted individuals who work flat out to ship the extent of regulation that Method 1 calls for and deserves, and I absolutely imagine this new construction will take our assets to the subsequent degree and permit us to make continuous enhancements.”
The modifications signify elevated funding and assets in the best way the FIA polices F1, and President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says it was necessary to enhance the governing physique’s work on that entrance.
“We have now devoted a whole lot of effort and time to creating important, knowledgeable modifications to our Method 1 staff to create the fitting construction with the fitting individuals to supervise the long run regulation of the game,” Ben Sulayem mentioned “By growing and empowering individuals inside our group, in addition to bringing in experience and expertise from the surface, I’m assured that we’re in one of the best place doable to maneuver ahead along with our companions at FOM and the Method 1 groups.”
The transfer comes with the blessing of F1, with Nielsen having been linked with such a change earlier than however deeming the time proper to sort out FIA’s race operations.
“I need to thank Steve Nielsen for his laborious work and dedication over the previous 5 years at Method 1,” F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali mentioned. “He’s a extremely revered skilled in our sport, and we absolutely assist his transfer to the FIA. His expertise and expertise in Method 1 will help the FIA in its ongoing efforts to enhance their operations throughout race weekends.”