Honda to get new Formula 1 chief
23 February 2016 – McLaren engine supplier Honda has announced a restructuring of its Formula 1 programme, with Yusuke Hasegawa stepping up to replace Yasuhisa Arai, who will be moved to another role.
Arai has acted as Honda's motorsport boss ever since the Japanese manufacturer announced that it would be returning to Formula 1 as McLaren's exclusive engine partner from the 2015 campaign.
But the renewed partnership struggled last season, with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso restricted to just 27 points, enough for only ninth in the standings, ahead of the revived Manor Marussia team.
After recent board meetings, Honda has opted to move Arai to its R&D department, where he will act as Senior Managing Officer, with Hasegawa taking over as Executive Chief Engineer and Formula 1 chief.
Hasegawa's promotion and Arai's new position will be effective from March 1.
In addition, Honda has appointed Yoshiyuki Matsumoto in the role of Supervising Director, in which he will oversee and supervise all Formula 1 activities, with April 1 his official start date.