Method 1: FIA appoints Steve Nielsen as sporting director to assist repair race-management points

FIA appoints Steve Nielsen as sporting director in raft of adjustments to administration construction; Nielsen will oversee race administration after numerous points in current seasons, together with the controversial ending to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton

Final Up to date: 18/01/23 1:02pm

The FIA has appointed Steve Nielsen as sporting director

The FIA has appointed Steve Nielsen as sporting director

The FIA has appointed Steve Nielsen as sporting director in a bid to eradicate among the race-management points which have blighted Method 1 in recent times.

Nielsen, 58, has been sporting director at rights holder F1 since 2017 and his 30-year profession has additionally included spells at Williams, Alpine and Toro Rosso.

Race-control operations have been within the headlines quite a few occasions over the past couple of campaigns, principally on the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021.

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Expertise the unimaginable conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in 2021 from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s automobiles

Expertise the unimaginable conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in 2021 from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s automobiles

Then-F1 race director Michael Masi’s failure to accurately apply the principles whereas the protection automobile was in operation allowed Max Verstappen to overhaul Lewis Hamilton and beat the Briton to the world championship.

Masi was sacked final yr and numerous adjustments have been made however issues continued in the course of the 2022 marketing campaign, together with the deployment of a restoration automobile on the Japanese Grand Prix.

Sky Sports activities Information understands conversations between F1 and the FIA over Nielsen have been going down for a while and that his departure from F1 is just not associated to Ross Brawn additionally leaving.

President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says the FIA has 'dedicated a lot of time and effort to making significant, informed change'

President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says the FIA has ‘devoted a variety of effort and time to creating important, knowledgeable change’

Nielsen mentioned of his appointment: “I’ve spent my skilled life working for a lot of groups and organisations in Method 1 and can’t wait to interact with one other new chapter with the FIA.

“I perceive and recognize the distinctive challenges that include being the regulator. Having labored carefully with numerous folks within the Federation over time, I am wanting ahead to tackling these challenges that lie forward with them.

“Method 1 is in a terrific place for the time being, and it is our accountability to make sure the long run well being of the game that’s on the coronary heart of all the things we do.”

I need to thank Steve Nielsen for his arduous work and dedication over the previous 5 years at Method 1. He’s a extremely revered skilled in our sport, and we absolutely help his transfer to the FIA. His abilities and expertise in Method 1 will help the FIA in its ongoing efforts to enhance their operations throughout race weekends.

F1 CEO and President Stefano Domenicali on Steve Nielsen

Different adjustments on the FIA embrace Nikolas Tombazis being promoted from single-seater technical director to single-seater director, along with his new function just like that of former F1 race director Charlie Whiting, who died on the eve of the 2019 season.

Tombazis mentioned: “I’m excited and honoured to be taking up this new place throughout the FIA/ Now we have a bunch of extraordinarily gifted and devoted individuals who work flat out to ship the extent of regulation that Method 1 calls for and deserves.

“I absolutely imagine this new construction will take our assets to the following degree and permit us to make continuous enhancements.”

Tombazis is in total cost of the FIA’s F1 operations underneath president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, whereas former McLaren technical director Tim Goss is now FIA technical director having beforehand held the deputy place.

Federico Lodi has turn into Method 1 monetary director, with former sporting director François Sicard assuming the newly-created place throughout the FIA as technique and operations director and accountable for long-term strategic planning in addition to key trackside actions and logistics.

Ben Sulayem mentioned: “Now we have devoted a variety of effort and time to creating important, knowledgeable adjustments to our Method 1 workforce to create the suitable construction with the suitable folks to supervise the long run regulation of the game.

“By growing and empowering folks inside our organisation, in addition to bringing in experience and expertise from the surface, I’m assured that we’re in the perfect place doable to maneuver ahead along with our companions at FOM and the Method 1 groups.”

Michael Masi was sacked last year amid the fallout from the controversial season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021

Michael Masi was sacked final yr amid the fallout from the controversial season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021

Nielsen appointment reveals F1 and FIA can work co-operatively

Sky Sports activities Information’ Craig Slater…

“Race management has been an issue space since veteran race director Charlie Whiting’s sudden passing forward of the 2019 season opener in Australia. Michael Masi took over however misplaced his job after the fiasco finale in Abu Dhabi in 2021.

“Nonetheless, there was discontent about processes and determination making even earlier than that controversy. A by-product of Whiting’s lengthy and profitable time in cost was a scarcity of skilled again up as he took so many elements of F1 “refereeing” underneath his private management.

“Steve Nielsen was a favoured by many stakeholders together with a good portion of groups to succeed each Whiting and Masi. My understanding was he signalled that he did not need that exact job at both juncture. Now he’ll sit above the race administrators and may have the expertise to make judgements primarily based on workable precedents.

“He is had a 30-year profession in F1 at a half dozen totally different groups largely centered on the principles and their interpretation – so he is the traditional poacher turned gamekeeper. The opposite facet to that is possibly peace breaking out between F1 and the FIA.

“After renewed speak of potential friction between the industrial rights holder and governing physique – most not too long ago regarding what appeared contrasting positions on admitting Andretti as an eleventh F1 workforce – that is additionally proof that they’ll work co-operatively.”

Formula 1 will have a 23-race season in 2023

Method 1 may have a 23-race season in 2023

The confirmed 2023 calendar

March 5: Bahrain (Sakhir)
March 19: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
April 2: Australia (Melbourne)
April 30: Azerbaijan (Baku)*
Could 7: Miami (Miami)
Could 21: Emilia Romagna (Imola)
Could 28: Monaco (Monaco)
June 4: Spain (Barcelona)
June 18: Canada (Montreal)
July 2: Austria (Spielberg)*
July 9: Nice Britain (Silverstone)
July 23: Hungary (Budapest)
July 30: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)*
August 27: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
September 3: Italy (Monza)
September 17: Singapore (Marina Bay)
September 24: Japan (Suzuka)
October 8: Qatar (Losail)*
October 22: USA (Austin)*
October 29: Mexico (Mexico Metropolis)
November 5: Brazil (Sao Paulo)*
November 18: Las Vegas
November 26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

*signifies Dash weekend

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