The role of the technical director

The role of the technical director

Technical directors are the lynchpin that F1 teams build success on. Edd Straw caught up with Sauber's James Key to find out what the job entails, and discovered just how integral he is to the Swiss operation

The technical director is king in modern Formula 1. Once, it was the designer who was given the credit, or blame, for the car's success or failure. Now, it is the technical director who is celebrated or denigrated for a team's on-track achievement.

Grand prix teams are now massive organisations comprising multiple departments collectively responsible for putting the car – which is made up of more than 6000 parts – on track. The technical director is the conductor of this vast technological orchestra.

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