Technical boss James Key leaves Sauber

Sauber's technical director James Key has left the Swiss team to take up a new role in the UK.

Key, who has been with Sauber for two years, did not reveal what the new role was or whether it was in Formula 1.

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He said his time at Sauber had been "intense and interesting" as he managed their downsizing from the BMW works team to a private outfit.

Sauber said that Key's responsibilities would be shared by the heads of the four engineering departments.

The team's new car will be launched on Monday 6 February, ahead of the start of pre-season testing on 7 February in Jerez, Spain.