James Key succeeds Giorgio Ascanelli at Toro Rosso
By Berthold Bouman
Toro Rosso finally confirmed James Key will succeed Giorgio Ascanelli as Technical Director. Key unexpectedly left the Sauber team at the start of the 2012 season and is of course happy with his new role at Toro Rosso.
“I am very happy to be joining Scuderia Toro Rosso after a few months away from Formula One. It’s a great opportunity for me to join a team that strikes me as extremely ambitious with a workforce that is very motivated. Even after just a few days, I have sensed, from everyone I have dealt with, an enthusiasm to move the team forward,” Key commented.
Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost said, “With James 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.
“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, when we hope to have a better season than this one, even if last weekend’s result in Belgium, with both cars in the points, was encouraging.”
And Ascanelli wished his old team the best of luck in the future, “I’ve enjoyed the past years working at Scuderia Toro Rosso. It has been a very intense and interesting time, in which we had to manage the transition from a small team to a much larger one, and everybody has put a lot of effort to bring us where we are today.
“We have sown the seeds for a successful future and I think the team challenge is now to gain a stable presence in the upper mid-field and I wish all at Toro Rosso the very best for the future.”