It is not a good news for Caterham that its sporting director Steve Nielsen is leaving after just one year in the job. Nielsen joined the team from Renault but it seems that there has been an offer from another team. The fact that he has decided to accept it suggests that things were not easy with Caterham, which would not be a great surprise as Nielsen is a forthright individual and has the experience to back up his opinions, and this may not always have gone down well. Nielsen (48) has nearly 30 years experience in the sport, having begun his career as a truck driver for a company that catered for Rothmans-sponsored teams. He moved to F1 in 1986. After a year in Grand Prix racing he was offered a job as a driver with the Team Lotus test team and moved through the ranks to become spares coordinator and then moved to Tyrrell in a similar role. He then became assistant team manager and moved up to team manager and stayed with Tyrrell until it closed down at the end of 1998. He then worked with Honda Racing Developments which planned to start a Honda F1 team under Harvey Postlethwaite, but when he died the team fell part and Nielsen moved to Arrows where he stayed for a couple of years before moving to a Sporting Director role at the Renault-owned Benetton team. He stayed there throughout the successful Alonso days.
Nielsen’s most likely destination is Mercedes GP, where he would be reunited with Bob Bell and others with whom he worked at Enstone.