JAMES KEY

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

United Kingdom
Nationality
British
Hometown
Chelmsford, UK
Date of Birth
14/Jan/1972
James Key, Scuderia Toro Rosso's Technical Director

Meet JAMES

Englishman James studied Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University and after graduating worked for Lotus Engineering. He then joined Jordan Grand Prix in 1998, working first as a data engineer and then as a race engineer. He also worked in the wind tunnel, before becoming head of Vehicle Dynamics. He became technical director in 2005 and retained this role as the team became Midland F1, then Spyker and Force India.


In April 2010, he…

Englishman James studied Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University and after graduating worked for Lotus Engineering. He then joined Jordan Grand Prix in 1998, working first as a data engineer and then as a race engineer. He also worked in the wind tunnel, before becoming head of Vehicle Dynamics. He became technical director in 2005 and retained this role as the team became Midland F1, then Spyker and Force India.


In April 2010, he became Technical Director at Sauber, where he stayed until February 2012. In September of that year he joined us here in Faenza. With a reputation for getting the most "bang for your buck" out of a reasonable budget, he spends his time between the factory in Italy and the wind tunnel in Bicester (UK). Focusing mainly on our car's design and development, he also oversees the expansion of the team's technical staff.

James is married with 3 children. His hobbies, when he has the time, are reading and playing tennis.

 

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Career Highlights

1998: Jordan Grand Prix - Data Engineer, then Race Engineer, also worked in the Wind Tunnel, before heading up the Vehicle Dynamics department

2005: Jordan Grand Prix - Technical Director, before the team ownership transferred to MF1 Racing, stayed in that role as the team became Spyker F1 and then Force India F1

2010 - 2012 (February): Sauber - Technical Director

Since 2012 (September): Scuderia Toro Rosso - Technical Director

Career Highlights

1998: Jordan Grand Prix - Data Engineer, then Race Engineer, also worked in the Wind Tunnel, before heading up the Vehicle Dynamics department

2005: Jordan Grand Prix - Technical Director, before the team ownership transferred to MF1 Racing, stayed in that role as the team became Spyker F1 and then Force India F1

2010 - 2012 (February): Sauber - Technical Director

Since 2012 (September): Scuderia Toro Rosso - Technical Director

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