Key to join McLaren in March

McLaren announced on Friday that James Key will start work as technical director on March 25, a week after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, ending a Formula One saga dating back to July last year.

McLaren’s original announcement that Key would be joining from Toro Rosso angered the Red Bull-owned team, who said the Briton had a long-term contract with them and he would not be released without a fight.

McLaren announced the start date in a statement on Friday, confirming that an agreement had now been reached with Toro Rosso.

McLaren/ Toro Rosso Press Release

Scuderia Toro Rosso and McLaren Racing confirm they have reached an agreement to settle the position of Mr James Key, who will be released by Scuderia Toro Rosso prior to the end of his existing contract arrangement on March 23rd 2019.

Jody Egginton will begin his new role as Scuderia Toro Rosso Technical Director on March 25th  2019.

Brown: James Key will be at McLaren in 2019