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GP Week : Issue 166
Following months of rumours, Toro Rosso this week confirmed that ex-Sauber technical director James Key had been brought in to replace Giorgio Ascanelli, who was last seen wearing STR team kit during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Key started work with the Faenza based team on 3 September, after Toro Rosso started work on their 2013 challenger, but with plenty of time in which to influence the overall direction of the car with a view to replicating his Sauber C31 success. “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,” team principal Franz Tost said when Key’s appointment was confirmed. “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, with both cars in the points, was encouraging.” Over the course of his F1 career, which has seen him work for teams including Midland, Spyker, and Force India, Key has built up a solid reputation as a man capable of delivering good results on a tight budget. Toro Rosso’s previous technical director, Giorgio Ascenalli, oversaw the Red Bull junior team’s first win – in Monza 2008 – but the word in the paddock is that the higher-ups felt that his short-comings in aerodynamics were holding the team back. “I am very happy to be joining Scuderia Toro Rosso after a few months away from Formula One,” Key said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to join a team that strikes me as extremely ambitious with a workforce that is very motivated. Even after just a few days, I have sensed, from everyone I have dealt with, an enthusiasm to move the team forward. “There are clear opportunities coming up through regulation changes and we intend to look not only at the long term, but the short term too. 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.” THE KEY TO TORO ROSSO’S FUTURE SUCCESS? EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org ASSISTANT EDITORS: Naoise Holohan, Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott email@example.com RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n Gaye Grinsted (WRC/MotoGP) email@example.com Ph: +44 (0) 207 254 8796 Mob: +44 (0) 7921 283 070 n Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK F1 >>> NEWS 4 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: