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.