Force India’s Technical Director, James Key, has left the team.

The team’s Design Director, Mark Smith, will be promoted as his replacement.

Key has worked with Force India when it was Jordan, having started with the team as a design engineer in 1998, and steadily moved up the ranks to the Technical Directorship in 2005.

His last design for the team, the VJM03, was successfully launched and tested earlier this month.

"I have spent the majority of my motor racing career within the team and although a difficult decision I felt the time was right for me to move on to new opportunities," Key has said.

"After four owners and various changes and challenges, to field a car that got a pole position and a podium seemed like a culmination of all the efforts. While I’m sad to leave a team I know so well, one which has allowed me to realise many ambitions within F1, I’m looking forward to a new start.”

No mention has been made as to the identity of his new employer…

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