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Steve Nielsen

Formula 1 employee

Steve Nielsen
Vital statistics for Steve Nielsen
PositionSporting director
OrganisationFormula One Group

Steve Nielsen worked his way through the F1 paddock during the 1980s and 1990s, building a solid reputation that earned him the role of Sporting Manager at Caterham, Toro Rosso and finally Williams. He left the squad in the middle of the 2017 season, subsequently joining Ross Brawn's team in the Formula One Group.


Nielsen initially trained to be a policeman, but the call of Formula One was too great, and he joined up as a truck driver for one of the sport's suppliers. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Team Lotus and worked on the test team, before moving to Tyrrell in 1991.

He moved through several more teams, working his way up the organisation and logistics side of things. Those outfits included Benetton, Tyrrell (again), Honda and Arrows, before Steve rejoined the Benetton team as Sporting Director. He spent nearly ten years with the Enstone squad, through several of their changes of name.

A brief stint at Caterham preceded Nielsen joining the Toro Rosso squad in 2013, and then he moved to Williams in 2014, staying with the Sporting Manager role. After leaving the Williams position midway through the 2017 season, Nielsen was handpicked by Ross Brawn to join the new Formula One Group team of specialists who were charged with understanding and shaping the future of the sport.