Steve Nielsen joins Williams from Toro Rosso

Steve Nielsen has joined the Williams F1 Team as sporting director following his resignation from Toro Rosso just last week, where he held the same position.

The British engineer will be "responsible for the overall management and operation of the race team specifically relating to sporting matters and ensuring the compliance and implementation of these directives," according to the team.

Nielsen has been with Toro Rosso since 2013. He joined from Caterham but has previously worked at Tyrrell, Honda and Arrows in a career spanning 27 years.

"I'm delighted to be joining a team of Williams' history and stature in what is a very exciting time for everyone at Grove after a very impressive 2014 season," he said of his appointment.

"In this role I will be able to help ensure that our operations at the race track are maintaining the highest standards and that we are maximising our performance at the race track from a sporting perspective. Williams’ has a very talented team of people and I’m looking forward to working with them."

Chief technical officer Pat Symonds added: "Steve brings a wealth of experience of the sporting side of Formula One and will help us as a team as we aim to climb further up the Championship table. He has won World Championships in the past and knows what needs to be done on a sporting level for Williams to do this again.

"We have a talented and ever improving race team and with Steve on board we are well placed to make further operational gains next season."