Toro Ross’s technical director James Key is joining McLaren to replace its engineering director Matt Morris, the team has confirmed.
The news follows the departure of racing director Eric Boullier from McLaren in the wake of the team’s troubled start to 2018. Morris has been with the team for the past five years.
McLaren admitted during the British Grand Prix weekend its current chassis is producing less downforce than last year’s.
Their best result so far this season is the fifth place Fernando Alonso scored in the first round in Australia. Since then the team has fallen to seventh place in the constructors’ championship, one place ahead of Toro Rosso.
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11 comments on “Toro Rosso technical director Key to replace Morris at McLaren”
Nathan Builder (@nathanbuilder)
26th July 2018, 12:17
Ross Brawn would indeed be an exciting technical director for Toro Rosso, him, at the head of an Italian team again.
And then, Toro Ross would be a suitable name.
As it is. TYPO!
26th July 2018, 13:30
Best move McLaren have made in years. I know Peter Prodromou was a highly anticipated signing but the leadership was in shambles. Key has consistently produced solid cars in struggling teams, I’d be confident of McLaren recovering to 4th now and maybe even 3rd if Red Bull struggle with Honda.
Just sponsors needed now.
26th July 2018, 13:43
Remember the massive impact James Key had at Sauber? He followed that with stirling work at Toro Rosso. This is massive for McLaren. Resurgence to race winners by 2021, I say!
What a bloody shame he didn’t go to Williams instead.
James Bond (@jamesbond)
26th July 2018, 13:37
Ouch! This will hurt Red Bull!
27th July 2018, 5:18
Probably in more ways than one.
26th July 2018, 15:10
Been doing a great job at Toro Rosso, nice to see him get a move to a bigger team. Also nice for McLaren, as long as they let him work and do his own thing…
26th July 2018, 15:43
Good, McLaren really needed some fresh blood in there. And i could have bet this job was offered, besides James Key, to Andrew Green from Force India. Both highly skilled Brits, producing very good work in underfinanced teams.
26th July 2018, 17:17
Bad news for Toro Rosso. Is there any news on how long the gardening leave?
26th July 2018, 19:51
Great initial designs at Toro Rosso let down by poor mid-season development–absolutely not a fault of Key’s. Should be able to do something special at McLaren.
26th July 2018, 20:35
Franz said on Twitter that Key isn’t going to McLaren.
27th July 2018, 5:19
A ploy to get something back from McLaren.
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