Hasegawa to leave F1 role in Honda reshuffle

Hasegawa to leave F1 role in Honda reshuffle

7 December 2017 – Honda has confirmed that it is to implement a revised technical structure, with Yusuke Hasegawa moving to a new position within the company, and Toyoharu Tanabe installed as its F1 chief.

Hasegawa took over from Yasuhisa Arai as Head of F1 Project at the start of 2016, after Honda's dismal 2015 campaign, its first reunion year with McLaren, but fortunes dipped in 2017.

McLaren and Honda ultimately divorced, as the company's revised power unit concept led to early struggles, with Honda consequently linking up with Toro Rosso for 2018.

On Thursday, Honda confirmed that it has split Hasegawa's duties into two separate roles, creating the position of F1 Technical Director and Operating Officer.

The Technical Director will be tasked with "directing the team at the spot of racing and testing", while the Operating Officer will "oversee research and development and the overall operation of races and testing".

Tanabe will act as Honda's F1 Technical Director, having been with the company since 1984, including spells as an engineer for Gerhard Berger and Jenson Button.

Hasegawa, meanwhile, will hold the role of Executive Chief Engineer, though will no longer be affiliated with the F1 project, while the Operating Officer has yet to be named.

The restructured system will take effect on January 1.

"In the past, the Head of F1 Project assumed responsibility in both technological development and directing the team at the spot of racing," said Katsuhide Moriyama, Honda's Chief Officer for Brand and Communication Operations.

"By separating these areas of responsibility, we will evolve our structure so that both the development team and racing/testing team can assume their respective responsibilities more speedily.

"By ensuring both the development team and racing team soundly fulfil their respective roles, Honda will continue its challenges so that fans can enjoy seeing Toro Rosso-Honda competing at the top level without further delay."

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