James Robert Key (born January 14, 1972) is a Formula One engineer and Technical Director who has worked for many teams. In 1998, he joined Jordan, spending several years as a data engineer, then became race engineer for Takuma Sato.

Shortly after the team's ownership transferred to MF1 Racing, Key became the team's Technical Director during the 2005 season following a brief period as Technical Co-ordinator. He was one of the youngest Technical Directors of a Formula One team, at the age of 33 years, along with Sam Michael (born in 1971)

From 2006 until 2010 he retained his position during the team's transition through Spyker to Force India.

In 2010, Key moved to Sauber, replacing Willy Rampf as Technical Director. He remained there for almost two years, before leaving in February 2012 to accept an undisclosed offer with one of the British-based teams.

From 2012, he has been Technical Director at Toro Rosso, having replaced Giorgio Ascanelli in the role.

Career History[edit | edit source]

Years Team Job Title
1998-2005 Jordan Grand Prix Data Engineer
Race Engineer
Technical Co-ordinator
Technical Director
2006 Midland F1 Racing Technical Director
2007 Spyker F1 Technical Director
2008-2010 Force India Technical Director
2010-2012 Sauber Technical Director
2012-present Scuderia Toro Rosso Technical Director
V T E Toro Rosso Logo.png Scuderia Toro Rosso
10. France Pierre Gasly · 26. Russia Daniil Kvyat
Franz Tost · Alex Hitzinger · James Key · Dietrich Mateschitz
Former drivers
Jaime Alguersuari · Sébastien Buemi · Sébastien Bourdais · Sebastian Vettel · Scott Speed · Vitantonio Liuzzi · Daniel Ricciardo · Jean-Éric Vergne · Max Verstappen · Carlos Sainz, Jr. · Brendon Hartley · Alexander Albon
STR1 · STR2 · STR2B · STR3 · STR4 · STR5 · STR6 · STR7 · STR8 · STR9 · STR10 · STR11 · STR12 · STR13
See also
Red Bull
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