Williams appoints Steve Nielsen as sporting manager

By on Monday, December 15, 2014

Steve NielsenWilliams has announced that Steve Nielsen has been appointed as its Sporting Director, with immediate effect.

Nielsen departed Toro Rosso last week after two years at the team and will now take up a similar role with Williams.

Nielsen has a long history in Formula 1, having worked for the likes of Arrows, Renault and Honda during a 27 year spell in the sport.

"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.

"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."

Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds added that Nielsen's signing shows that Williams is in a good position to improve on its 2014 campaign.

"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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