James Key: Toro Rosso better than Sauber in some areas

James Key (GBR) BMW Sauber Technical Director. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday 24 July 2010.

James Key

Toro Rosso’s new technical boss, James Key, says that the Faenza based team is superior to the Sauber setup in some ways.

Briton Key moved to Red Bull‘s second team late last year, replacing Giorgio Ascanelli.

He is quoted by Russia’s f1news.ru: “After Force India and Sauber, Toro Rosso is the third team I have worked with.

“On the one hand, they are all a bit alike, but as they are three teams from three different countries, they each have an unique culture.

“In Toro Rosso I have to solve some new problems compared to Sauber, but also the resources of [Toro Rosso] are much more, both human and technical.

“Toro Rosso is at a decent level, although in some areas it is inferior to those I have worked with before. I’m focusing on [those areas],” said Key.

He revealed that he is “pleased” with the progress of the 2013 Toro Rosso, the STR8, which will be launched at the first Jerez test next week.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo confirmed: “We have changed some things with the team.

“I hope to get some more points this season and get into the fight with teams like Force India, Sauber and Williams,” he is quoted by Spain’s AS newspaper.

Toro Rosso finished the 2012 championship ninth. (GMM)

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  • The Pessimist

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Toro Rosso mixes it with Force India,Sauber and Williams this season since they have a car designed by none other than James Key who is definitely one of the best in the business.