Toro Rosso’s James Key will join the McLaren in the newly-created role of technical director, as reported by Formula 1.
A McLaren spokesperson confirmed to Formula1.com that Key would become part of the team. However, it remains unclear when he will begin work. Toro Rosso has declined to comment.
Key has two decades of experience in F1, having begun his career at Jordan in 1998. He remained with the team as it became Midland, Spyker and Force India, rising to the role of technical director. He joined Sauber in 2010, before moving to Toro Rosso two years later.
Meanwhile, Matt Morris has left his role as McLaren's engineering director, though this is not connected to Key’s impending arrival.
The McLaren team is undergoing significant changes behind the scenes, with Eric Boullier leaving his role as racing director earlier this month as part of a leadership shakeup. Former Indycar champion Gil de Ferran, who had been working at the team as an advisor, is now sporting director, with Andrea Stella appointed performance director.
McLaren is currently seventh in the constructors’ championship on 48 points, 262 adrift of leaders Mercedes and 28 clear of Toro Rosso. The British team has not won a race since the Brazilian Grand Prix season finale in 2012. Since 2014, the team has managed two podiums, while their last constructors’ championship was two decades ago in 1998.
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