Key: Toro Rosso better than Sauber in some areas

James Key, Toro Rosso’s new technical boss, says the Faenza based team is “superior” to Sauber in some ways.

Briton Key moved to Red Bull’s second team late last year, replacing Giorgio Ascanelli.

He is quoted by Russia’s f1news.ru: “After Force India and Sauber, Toro Rosso is the third team I have worked with.

“On the one hand, they are all a bit alike, but as they are three teams from three different countries, they each have an unique culture. In Toro Rosso I have to solve some new problems compared to Sauber, but also the resources of this team (Toro Rosso) are much more, both human and technical.

“Toro Rosso is at a decent level, although in some areas it is inferior to those I have worked with before. I’m focusing on (those areas),” said Key.

He revealed he is “pleased” with the progress of the 2013 Toro Rosso, the STR8, which will be launched at the first Jerez test next week.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo confirmed: “We have changed some things with the team.

“I hope to get some more points this season and get into the fight with teams like Force India, Sauber and Williams,” he is quoted by Spain’s AS newspaper.

Toro Rosso finished the 2012 championship ninth.

Source:GMM

Toro Rosso: Key is new technical boss

Toro Rosso on Thursday confirmed reports former Sauber and Force India man James Key started work as technical director earlier this week.

The news follows the Red Bull-owned team’s confirmation that Giorgio Ascanelli has stepped down.

“We (now) start a new chapter in the history of Toro Rosso and I hope it’s an interesting one,” said boss Franz Tost.

“James comes to us with a strong reputation and has proved he can help smaller teams punch above their weight.”

Toro Rosso is currently ninth in the constructors’ championship.

Source:GMM

Key starting work with Toro Rosso next week

James Key will start work at Toro Rosso on Monday morning, Italy’s well-connected Autosprint reports.

With the Faenza based team’s technical boss Giorgio Ascanelli going “on holiday” recently, it has been reported that his permanent replacement could be the former Sauber and Force India man Key, a 40-year-old Briton.

Autosprint said Key has now served his 6 months of mandatory ‘gardening leave’ since leaving Sauber and is ready to start work at Toro Rosso.

Source:GMM