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James Key new Midland technical director 23 Nov 2005

James Key (GBR), MF1 Racing Technical Director. Midland F1 Studio Portraits, Midland HQ, Silverstone, England, 21 November 2005.

MF1 Racing have promoted James Key to technical director. The 33-year-old Englishman has spent the last eight years with the Jordan team, most recently as their technical co-ordinator.

“Having gone through a transitional period this year, following the team's acquisition by Midland, we are now very busy with the design of next year's car,” commented Key. “I am looking forward to the challenges we face next season and there is a great deal of work to be done.

“This team has a lot of very good people and, given this new opportunity, I am confident we will progress as the year unfolds. Personally, I look forward to the challenge of moving our technical efforts forward and gaining ground on the teams currently ahead of us."

Sponsored through university by Lotus Engineering, Key graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 1996. Upon completion of his studies, he began his motorsport career with Lotus in 1996, working on their GT car program as a designer.

He entered Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix in 1998 as a Data Engineer and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming test engineer in 2000 and senior race engineer in 2002. In 2003, he joined the aerodynamic group at Jordan for a season and was then promoted to head of vehicle science towards the end of that year. He was appointed technical co-ordinator in 2005.