Key becomes Toro Rosso Technical Director
6 September 2012 – Toro Rosso has confirmed the rumoured story that James Key is joining the team as Technical Director. The Englishman, who left Sauber earlier this year, replaces Giorgio Ascanelli who has been absent since the German Grand Prix weekend.
“I've enjoyed the past years working at Scuderia Toro Rosso,” says Ascanelli, who was thanked by the team in a press release on Wednesday evening. “It has been a very intense and interesting time, in which we had to manage the transition from a small team to a much larger one, and everybody has put a lot of effort to bring us where we are today. We have sown the seeds for a successful future and I think the team challenge is now to gain a stable presence in the upper mid-field and I wish all at Toro Rosso the very best for the future.”
Key’s confirmation comes in a separate communiqué, issued on Thursday morning. It confirms that he started work at the Faenza-based outfit on Monday.
“We will be studying the team’s working practices, throughout all the departments, while looking to see which areas need strengthening further. Our aim has to be to move the team up a level in terms of its position within the F1 hierarchy. Next year’s car project is already well underway and it seems to be going in the right direction.”
Ascanelli’s future is expected to be confirmed in due course.
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