FIA, the governing body of Formula 1, appeared to have rattled the F1 leadership board with a sweeping overhaul on the docket, as Liberty Media’s Steve Nielson has been set to join the F1 as a sporting director. In the matter of the fact, latest move from the FIA came against the backdrop of a review issued by the FIA President Mohammed ben Sulyaem, while the latest appointment of Steve Nielson as a sporting director in F1 would come into effect from March this year.
Nielson will be joining the F1 after five years in Liberty Media-owned F1 group.
F1 director, F1 team officials welcome Nielson
Meanwhile, expressing a through-and-through optimism over the latest move from FIA to add Nielson as a sporting director, F1 President Stefano Domenicali said in a statement, “His skills and experience in Formula One will assist the FIA in its ongoing efforts to improve their operations during race weekends”.
Apart from that, a number of F1 officials had welcomed the move, as Haas boss Guenther Steiner said to a press agency, “It's fantastic that F1 made him available because he has been in F1 so long, so he knows a lot of history of what happened in different situations.
If you try to learn 30 years of history of rule-making, that takes a few years... Steve knows a lot of stuff, what happened when. It's better to have this not to create controversies”. Besides, following the announcement, FIA President, Mohammed ben Sulyaem said in a separate statement, “We have dedicated a lot of time and effort to making significant, informed changes to our Formula One team to create the right structure with the right people to oversee the future regulation of the sport”.