F1 veteran Steve Nielsen returns to F1 in consultancy role

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Seasoned motorsport figure Steve Nielsen has circled back to Formula 1, taking on a consultancy role with the sport after a brief stint with the FIA.

Nielsen, a highly respected figure in the paddock, boasts a career spanning decades. He started in the 1980s as a truck driver before climbing the ranks in management and sporting director positions with renowned teams like Lotus, Benetton, and Williams.

In 2017, Nielsen joined F1 as sporting director under Ross Brawn, playing a crucial role in developing sporting regulations and ensuring smooth race weekend operations.

This period also saw him contribute significantly to adapting the calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing back classic venues and introducing new ones.

However, Nielsen's journey took an unexpected turn in January 2023 when he joined the FIA as their own Sporting Director. He was tasked with overseeing matters like race control and sporting regulations, aiming to improve the FIA's operations.

But after just 11 months, Nielsen resigned in December 2023. Reports suggest that the FIA was unwilling to implement his proposed changes, leading to his departure.

Undeterred, Nielsen embarked on a new venture, forming a consultancy business. But his connection to F1 remained strong. He was spotted in the Bahrain paddock this week during pre-season testing, and soon after, it was confirmed that he would be returning to the sport in a part-time consultancy role.

Nielsen's return is significant. His experience and expertise will be valuable assets to F1. It's also worth noting that his consultancy extends beyond F1, potentially including collaborations with circuits.

With his return, Nielsen's vast experience promises to benefit both F1 and his future clients, adding a new chapter to his already remarkable motorsport journey.

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