Tost: A new chapter for Toro Rosso
6 September 2012 – The entrance of James Key marks the start of a ‘new chapter’ for Toro Rosso. That is according to Team Principal Franz Tost after it was announced on Thursday that the Englishman has joined to replace Giorgio Ascanelli as Technical Director.
Key left Sauber at the start of the Formula 1 season and has now ended his period of gardening leave. Ascanelli, on the other hand, has been away from the squad and supposedly ‘on holiday’ since the German Grand Prix race weekend, which immediately aroused suspicions in the paddock; the Italian is now expected to move to Ferrari.
“With James Key in the role of Technical Director, we start a new chapter in the history of Toro Rosso and I hope it’s an interesting one,” says Tost following what has been the team’s worst start to an F1 season since its very first in 2006, despite a double points finish at Spa on Sunday.
“James comes to us with a strong reputation and has proved he can help smaller teams punch above their weight. We cannot expect miracles in the next few races, but James has joined early enough to have an influence on our car for 2013, when we hope to have a better season than this one even if last weekend’s result in Belgium was encouraging.”
Toro Rosso came out of the ashes of the popular Minardi, perennial tail-ends who were bought out by Red Bull head Dietrich Mateschitz at the end of 2005.