Tech chief Key extends Toro Rosso deal
22 August 2017 – James Key has extended his contract with Toro Rosso to remain as the team's Technical Director.
Key, 45, began his Formula 1 career with Jordan and graduated to the role of Technical Director under the team's various guises (Midland/Spyker/Force India), before switching to Sauber.
Key, who joined Toro Rosso in 2012, is highly rated within the Formula 1 paddock, and has now committed his future to the Faenza-based outfit.
"This is a team which I have great respect for and have thoroughly enjoyed working with for the past 5 years; now I look forwards to continuing our project into the future," said Key.
"STR is unique, facing the challenges of being spread over two countries and fulfilling the roles of both a team in its own right and an important part of the Red Bull driver programme.
"They are challenges that the team takes in its stride and, whilst doing so, continues to grow and improve year on year."
Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost believes Key has had a substantial influence on the operation across the past five years.
"Formula 1 is a team sport, but one in which an individual can still make a difference," said Tost.
"So far, in his time with us, James has proved that he can indeed make that difference, leading the technical side of the operation.
"He been adept at producing chassis-aero packages that are well regarded throughout the paddock.
"He has also shown the management skills necessary to get the most out of all the various departments that work together in Faenza and in Bicester."
Toro Rosso currently holds sixth position in the Constructors' Championship.