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Key Joins Sauber As Technical Chief

James Key, who stepped down from his role as technical director with Force India just a few days ago has been annoucned today as the new technical director of the Sauber F1 Team.

Key, who is just 38 and has years of experience with Jordan, Midland, Spyker and Force India under his belt will take over the role from April, when Willy Rampf steps down from the position after many years in charge.  Key will start work before hand to get used to the team.

He admitted on visiting the new Hinwil factory in Switzerland, he had his mind made up with the team having endless opportunities.

“The first time I saw the facilities in Hinwil, I knew straightaway the kind of opportunities open to me there.  The wind tunnel, the supercomputer, the machine park and the expertise of the team were extremely persuasive.

“There is significant potential at Sauber, and with the ever-changing world of F1 I think the team is very well placed at present.

“I am grateful to my old team for the past 12 years I spent with them, but now I very much look forward to starting my new job. I would like to thank Peter Sauber and the team for this great opportunity.”

Peter Sauber was very happy with his new signing.

“Despite his young age, James looks back on more than a decade of experience in Formula 1 – and the 2009 car in particular proved quite a revelation,” said Sauber.

“James comes from a private team and knows how to work around a limited budget. With us he will enjoy high-level technical opportunities.”

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