Alfa Romeo gets new Technical Director

Alfa Romeo get new Technical Director

June 9, 2023

Swiss Formula One team Alfa Romeo have announced that James Key will be replacing Jan Monchaux as their new Technical Director, starting September 1, 2023.

This is Key’s first major role since his departure from McLaren earlier this year, when he left his role as the Woking-based team’s Technical Director.

Key returns to the Hinwil-based team, with whom he had previously been with between 2010 and 2012 as Technical Director. An experienced personnel, Key has been with a host of teams, including Jordan Grand Prix, Sauber, Toro Rosso and McLaren. 

Andreas Seidl, CEO, Sauber Group, commented:

I am delighted to welcome James back home to Hinwil as he joins us to shape the future of this team. The operation he will find has changed a lot since his time here, but the same drive, the same commitment that contributed to making the team successful in his previous experience are still the same: I am sure that, together with this very talented and committed team, we will be able to continue on the path of growth on which we have embarked. James’s appointment is a crucial step on this journey: he has an outstanding amount of experience in the sport, not just as Technical Director, but also in various other roles within the technical organisation of a team. He will lead the transformation process of the technical side of the team, giving us the tools and direction we need to tackle the future. I also want to thank Jan for his precious contribution to taking Sauber to where it is now, following our most successful season in a decade, in which we climbed to sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship.

James Key said:

I am delighted to be returning to Hinwil to work with old, and new, colleagues at Sauber; I have very fond memories of my time there before. I am looking forward to leading the technical side of the team at one of the most critical junctures of its long history as we head towards a new and exciting future. There is a huge amount of work ahead of us, but I am confident that every single member of our team working in Hinwil will have the commitment, determination and hunger to get us to the top. We know it will require time, effort and perseverance, and the dividends from this work will only arrive over the next two seasons and beyond, but we have a journey ahead of us and a roadmap to follow which I am eager to get started. I am grateful to Andreas for the confidence he has placed in me and look forward to repaying his trust and working closely with him on the challenges and ambitions ahead.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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