Toro Rosso needs gluing together, says Key
23 September 2012 – ‘Gluing together’ is required to move Toro Rosso back towards the top in Formula 1. That is according to new Technical Director James Key, who replaces Giorgio Ascanelli and had been at Sauber until leaving shortly before the start of the 2012 season.
“It’s early days obviously, but I think one of the big strengths I noticed very quickly in the team is the enthusiasm everyone has and the ambition to make it succeed,” Key said in Singapore. “Everyone is desperate for it to work - there’s a real passion there, as you can imagine, being Italian in the team’s origin. Primarily it’s a very good atmosphere to work in, something a little bit familiar to me in a way.
“It needs a little bit more gluing together, in a way. There’s still separate departments doing a very good job but it needs to come together – and everyone recognises that. It’s just a case of going through that process. So, the strength, I think, is the will and the ambition of everyone.
"On the weakness side, I think it’s just still a team that’s growing. There’s no lack of effort from everyone, it just needs to be given direction. There’s certainly some work to do on the aero side, which is very clear and mechanical.”
Asked what he can do to improve this year’s car, Key replied:
“I’d say there’s probably 40 percent of the car still to go, so certainly we can work on that, but I have to say a lot of very sensible decisions have already been made for next year’s car - exactly what I would have done, which is good. So, we’re all aligned in our direction and we’ll do everything we can in between now and Melbourne.”
Toro Rosso is currently marooned in ninth place for the Constructors’ Championship. For drivers, Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo are 17th and 18th overall.