Getting to know: James Key

James Key works as Technical Director at Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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, England (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.

Career highlights:

1998: Jordan Grand Prix - Data Engineer, then Race Engineer. He worked in the Wind Tunnel, before heading to Vehicle Dynamics Department.

2005: Jordan Grand Prix - Technical Director

2006: Midland Grand Prix - Technical Director

2007: Spyker F1 - Technical Director

2008: Sahara Force India

2010: Sauber F1 Team - Technical Director