Steve Nielsen

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Steve Nielsen (born 2 July 1964) is a British engineer working in Formula One motor racing.[1]


After leaving school in 1985 Nielsen trained as a police officer but resigned after 11 months. He then worked as a truck driver for a Formula One catering company.[2] In 1986, he joined Team Lotus' test team,[2] before running their spare parts department. In 1991, he moved to Tyrrell in the same role before being appointed assistant team manager in 1994.[2] In the next five years he moved to Benetton, back to Tyrrell, to Honda, then Arrows, before moving back to Benetton, where he spent almost a decade as Sporting Director, including the team's transitions to Renault F1 and Lotus Renault GP.[2]

After spending 2012 as Sporting Director at Caterham, Nielsen joined Scuderia Toro Rosso at the start of the 2013 season.[3] He joined Williams as Sporting Manager in December 2014 [4][5] and worked in that role until leaving in July 2017.[6]

On 1 August 2017 he started in a new position as the Sporting Director of Formula One.[7]


  1. ^ "Our People > Steve Nielsen". Williams Martini Racing. Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Steve Nielsen". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "F1 : Caterham Formula 1 team sporting director Steve Nielsen moves over to STR". F1SA. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Steve Nielsen Appointed as Sporting Manager". Williams Martini Racing. 15 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ Esler, William (15 December 2014). "Steve Nielsen has been appointed Sporting Manager at Williams". Sky Sports. Sky UK Limited. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Williams Martini Racing Appoints Dave Redding as Team Manager". Williams Martini Racing. Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Steve Nielsen appointed Sporting Director at Formula 1". Retrieved 16 January 2018.