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Key confirmed as Toro Rosso technical director

James Key, formerly technical director at Jordan and Sauber, has taken over the position at Toro Rosso following the resignation of Giorgio Ascanelli.

The 40-year-old Briton started work at Faenza on Monday and said: "Even after just a few days I have sensed from everyone I have dealt with, an enthusiasm to move the team forward.

"There are clear opportunities coming up through regulation changes and we intend to look not only long term but short term too. We will be studying the team's working practices in all departments, while looking to see which areras need strengthening further.

"Our aim has to be to move the team up a level in terms of its position within the F1 hierarchy.

Key joined Jordan in 1998, rising to technical director seven years later, before leaving to joing Sauber in 2010.