Williams has appointed Steve Nielsen as sporting manager, with Nielsen joining from Toro Rosso with immediate effect.

Nielsen has been sporting director at Toro Rosso since 2013 but has a long history in F1, having worked in the sport for 27 years. His previous roles include being team manager at Tyrrell, Honda and Arrows, while he has also been sporting director at Benetton/Renault and Caterham. Nielsen's position at Williams will see him manage and operate the race team "specifically relating to sporting matters" and he says he is relishing being able to join the team after such a successful year.

"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," Nielsen 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."

Pat Symonds, chief technical officer, said Nielsen's experience of winning championships at Renault will help ensure Williams continues to build on its recent success.

"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," Symonds said. "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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