James Key, who has been officially announced as Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team's Technical Director, will play a crucial role in the team's transition to the Audi works squad. Key, who resigned from his position as Technical Director at McLaren in March, will begin serving in the same capacity with Alfa Romeo in Switzerland from September. After working with Sauber from 2010 to 2012, the Englishman will rejoin his former club and replace Jan Monchaux.
Key joined Toro Rosso in 2012 as a member of their Bicester, England-based side before transferring to McLaren in 2018. Given McLaren's disappointing 2023 season debut, they made a number of additions and reorganised its technical staff, which led to Key's resignation in March, earlier this year.
“I am delighted to be returning to Hinwil to work with old, and new, colleagues at Sauber; I have very fond memories of my time there before,” said James Key.
“I am looking forward to leading the technical side of the team at one of the most critical junctures of its long history as we head towards a new and exciting future,” he further added.
Alfa Romeo currently sits at eighth position in the F1 Constructors’ Championship. Their racers G.Y Zhou and V. Bottas finished at the 9th and the 19th position respectively at the recently concluded Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.