The MF1 Racing team have appointed James Key as their new technical director, the Midland-owned squad announced on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Englishman, formerly Technical Co-ordinator, had worked for the past eight years with the Jordan team.
"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," said 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."
Colin Kolles, Managing Director of MF1 Racing, added: "I am very pleased to announce James Key as our new Technical Director. He has been working with the team for several years and has built up an impressive level of experience and knowledge of motorsport.
"I am sure his organisational skills and innovative ideas will be of great value to us with the ongoing development of our cars in 2006 and beyond."