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Ross Brawn adds ex-Williams man Steve Nielsen to his F1 group

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Williams's outgoing sporting manager Steve Nielsen is joining the team of specialists working under new Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn.

Nielsen (pictured on the right), who attended his last race in his current role at Silverstone, is understood to be taking the job title head of sporting matters at the F1 organisation.

Brawn has gradually been putting together a squad of former team personnel who have been tasked with helping to define F1's future direction - with a specific focus on 2021, when new engine regulations will be introduced.

Ross Brawn

In May the F1 group announced Jason Somerville as head of aerodynamics, Craig Wilson as head of vehicle performance and Nigel Kerr as finance director, motorsports.

Nielsen will be tasked with providing input on the day-to-day running of F1 teams.

Significantly he will also play a role in framing future rules, as he will represent the commercial rights holder in sporting regulations meetings, alongside the FIA and representatives of the teams.

The highly respected Nielsen has been a familiar face in the paddock for over three decades, having worked for the original Lotus team, Tyrrell, Benetton/Renault, Honda, Arrows and Caterham before he joined Williams.

He leaves the Grove outfit on July 31, while former McLaren man Dave Redding starts his new role as team manager on July 17.

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