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Ex-Sauber man joins Toro Rosso

2012-09-06 13:22

JAMES KEY: The former Sauber technical director has been hired by rival team Toro Rosso as from September 2012.

Alan Baldwin

MONZA, Italy - Former Sauber technical director James Key has been appointed by Formula 1 rival team Toro Rosso to replace departed Giorgio Ascanelli.

Toro Rosso announced Ascanelli's resignation on September 5; Key had started work at the Faenza factory more than a week earlier - before the 2012 Italian GP.

The 40-year-old Briton left Swiss-based Sauber, whose Ferrari-powered car has been on the front row and podium this year, before the start of the season. Toro Rosso also uses Ferrari engines.

'STRONG REPUTATION'

"With 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," said team principal Franz Tost.

"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."

Toro Rosso is ninth of the 12 teams in the Constructors' standings with Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne as drivers.

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