Surprise in Hinwill, Switzerland: Just four days before the start of the Formula 1 test drives, the Sauber racing team announced the departure of Technical Director James Key. The highly praised engineer left the team at his own request, said Sauber in a press release on Friday (3.2.).
Apparently, a replacement for the position of technical director has not yet been found. The statement said that the construction and further development of the Formula 1 vehicle will now be supervised by a team consisting of the areas of aerodynamics, design, performance and operations.
Which team will Key switch to?
'I have enjoyed my work for the Sauber F1 Team in the past two years. It was a very intense and interesting time in which we had to form a smaller team from a significantly larger team,' says looks Key back to his two years with Sauber.
'Everyone handled this challenge very well. I think the team is now well positioned for the future and I wish them all the best. I found a new job in my home country England and I have decided to accept this offer. '
The big question now is which racing team Key will work for in the future. According to initial rumors, his new employer should not be a Formula 1 team. Allegedly the Briton is supposed to take care of the long-distance project of Lotus and look after the LMP2 car technically.
Peter Sauber regrets saying goodbye to Key
Racing team owner Peter Sauber regretted the loss: 'James has done a lot for our team in the past two years. He made a significant contribution to the stability, especially in the difficult phase of the transition from the factory team to the private team. We thank him for his commitment and wish him for them All the best for the future. '
Sauber does not see the time without a technical manager as a major problem:“ We divide the technical responsibility between a qualified team. This is a model that has proven itself in other racing teams. '