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James Key (Formula One)

James Key
Born (1972-01-12) 12 January 1972 (age 48)
Chelmsford, Essex
Nationality 23x15px British
Occupation Formula One engineer
Employer Scuderia Toro Rosso

James Key (born 14 January 1972) is a British engineer who works in Formula One.

Formula One career

Key joined Jordan Grand Prix in 1998 spending several years as a data engineer, then became race engineer for Takuma Sato. Following a year in the Wind Tunnel he transferred to the Vehicle Dynamics department, eventually becoming the department head during the team's final few seasons as Jordan Grand Prix.

Shortly after the team's ownership transferred to MF1 Racing, he became Technical Director during the 2005 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) who became the technical director of the Williams F1 team at the age of 33 during the 2004 season. Key retained his position during the team's transition through Spyker F1 to Force India F1.

In April 2010 he left Force India to join the Sauber team, replacing Willy Rampf as Technical Director.[1] He remained there for almost two years, before leaving in February 2012 to accept an undisclosed offer with one of the British-based teams.[2]

On 6 September 2012, it was announced that Key had joined Scuderia Toro Rosso as Technical Director, replacing Giorgio Ascanelli.[3]


  1. ^ Beer, Matt (24 February 2010). "Key takes over as Sauber technical boss". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Noble, Jonathan (3 February 2012). "Technical director James Key to part company with Sauber". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Key replaces Ascanelli at Toro Rosso". (Formula One World Championship). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.