'Splitting with Key was logical decision' - Sauber
15 February 2012 – Peter Sauber claims that splitting with James Key was a ‘logical decision’ for the team, despite the separation coming at arguably the worst possible time of the year. The exit of the Technical Director, who joined the Swiss squad for 2010, was announced just four days prior to the start of pre-season testing.
Key helped to take Sauber through the ultra-difficult stage of re-converting to an independent team, with previous owner BMW having pulled the plug on its Formula 1 project at the end of 2009, thus leaving the Hinwil-based team with a half-built car.
“James joined us in a phase when we had to undergo the painful transformation from a manufacturer to a private team and he was one of the key factors behind returning stability to our squad,” Team Principal Sauber told the official F1 website.
“In the phase that followed it became more and more obvious that the cooperation was not working as both sides had hoped. So to walk separate ways again was the only logical conclusion.”
Key has already accepted a job offer at home in the United Kingdom, although the role is yet to be revealed to the public.