McLaren’s new technical director James Key will join them on March 25th, the team has confirmed.
McLaren announced it was hiring Key from Toro Rosso in July last year, and has been in negotiations with Red Bull over when he could join the team. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said it was the team’s intention for Key to start in time for him to contribute to the development of the MCL34 and their new car for the 2020 F1 season.
Toro Rosso has also confirmed Jody Egginton’s promotion to become its new technical director. Team principal Franz Tost revealed the planned move to RaceFans earlier this week.
Key’s arrival is part of a wider reorganisation at McLaren which has also seen the appointments of Gil de Ferran as sporting director last year and Andreas Seidl as managing director of the Formula 1 team. Seidl is due to take up his role at the team later this year.
Key arrived in F1 with Jordan in 1998 as a data engineer, rose to the level of technical director, and remained with the team through its transitions into Midland F1, Spyker and Force India. He left for Sauber in 2010, then moved on to Toro Rosso two years later. During his time at the Red Bull junior team Key has earned a reputation for producing aerodynamically innovative designs despite the team’s comparatively limited resources.
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