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James Key extends Toro Rosso contract

Technical Director to stay on for 2018

Toro Rosso Technical Director James Key has extended his contract with the Faenza team, keeping him at the team for the 2018 season.

Almost five year after joining the team, Briton James Key will continue his role as Technical Director, overseeing the design and manufacture of their 2018 challenger, the STR13.

Team boss Franz Tost hailed Key’s contract extension, saying: Formula 1 is a team sport, but one in which an individual can still make a difference. So far, in his time with us, James has proved that he can indeed make that difference, leading the technical side of the operation.

“Not only has 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 both here in Faenza and in Bicester. I am therefore delighted that James will be with us for the foreseeable future to continue this fruitful process.”

Key added: “I am delighted to continue with Toro Rosso and remain part of the Red Bull family. 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.

“I would like to thank Franz Tost and Red Bull for their continued support and confidence. We have more work to do, and I look forwards to taking the next steps with Toro Rosso towards our goals”

Key rose through the ranks at Jordan Grand Prix and, during their transitional period in becoming the Force India team, he became technical director.

He had a two-year stint at the Sauber team before switching to Toro Rosso towards the end of 2012.


Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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