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Posted By: James Allen  |  20 Dec 2012   |  9:29 am GMT  |  12 comments

It has been confirmed that Caterham Sporting director Steve Nielsen will leave the team in January after two years as Sporting Director. He is understood to be moving to a different team.

Nielsen was part of the group alongside Mike Gascoyne and Bob Bell at the Renault team in the early 2000s and was there through the Alonso years right up to the move to the black and gold of Lotus Renault GP in 2011, when he moved on to Caterham. But his career goes back further to stints at Team Lotus, Tyrrell and Arrows, under Tom Walkinshaw.

Nielsen is the second F1 management figure to quit his team this week after Williams lost its Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan, after just one year in the role. In his case, the team has indicated that he is not planning to move to another team, but is going to devote time to his family.

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  1. Tim says:

    James,
    Any word on who his replacement (if any), will be?

    Tim

  2. Jeff says:

    Any idea where he’s going James? Back to lotus maybe?

    1. James Allen says:

      Yes, or Mercedes maybe?

      1. F1 Badger says:

        Why Mercedes?

      2. James Allen says:

        Connections. Could be other teams, though. We’ll find out

  3. Erik says:

    James, is Caterham ok? For me personally this team had great promise 3 years ago but seem to have stood still since, they just managed to beat Marussia by the skin of their teeth this season.

    1. Leen says:

      I dont agree with your statement that Caterham just beat Marrusia by the skin of their teeth. Yes it was in the last race and the season did not bring what they expected, however except for the US GP Caterham was much stronger than Marrusia. The fact that Marrusia took 12th place in Singapore was the same kind of luck as Caterham took 11th in Brazil.

      Caterham will be ok for next season, they just moved in to a new large facility which has potential. They have just assigned a new team priciple. Maybe they are looking for a replacement for Steve Nielsen, we will soon find out.

      1. Erik says:

        Yeah fair point about Marusia, but surely Mike Gascoyne (who has now unceremoniously left the F1 operation, suprise surprise) had bigger plans than fighting them still 3 years down the track.

        Let’s hope they move up a level next year. Would be good to see.

      2. AH Jordan says:

        When did Mike Gasgoyne step down?

  4. this guy has worked for some loser teams. wow! james what is the true value/influence of someone who works almost his whole life on middle of the pack teams (exception Renault)

    1. Leen says:

      Michael, Have some more respect for the smaller teams please.

  5. Formule 1 says:

    He was the most value in the team.

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