Official: James Key joins Toro Rosso 6 September, 2012 Sep.6 (Reuters) Former Sauber technical director James Key has been appointed by Formula One rivals Toro Rosso to replace departed Giorgio Ascanelli in the role, the Italian team said on Thursday. Toro Rosso announced Ascanelli’s resignation on Wednesday and said that Key had started work at the Faenza factory last Monday, ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. The 40-year-old Briton left Swiss-based Sauber, whose Ferrari-powered car has been on the front row and podium this year, before the start of the season. Toro Rosso also use Ferrari engines. “With James Key in the role of technical director we start a new chapter in the history of Toro Rosso and I hope it’s an interesting one,” said team principal Franz Tost. “James comes to us with a strong reputation and has proved [that] he can help smaller teams punch above their weight. We cannot expect miracles in the next few races but James has joined early enough to have an influence on our car for 2013.” Toro Rosso are ninth of the 12 teams in the constructors’ standings with Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne as drivers. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsSauber: Good performance unrewardedSauber: A few issues which we need to addressHungarian Grand Prix: Sauber preview BudapestSauber: Our competitiveness has slightly improvedSauber: We hoped for a bit moreSauber: The day went according to planMid-season driver changes for Caterham and Sauber?German Grand Prix: Sauber preview HockenheimSauber: We made some good changes to the carGutierrez and Sainz feature in silly season latest Sohail Khan A very good signing by Toro Rosso indeed. James Key definitely is one of the best in business along with Adrian Newey and James Allison. Vijay Mallya, are you listening?