Hasegawa replaced by Honda

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 7, 2017

After a hard three-season relationship with Honda, McLaren in September negotiated a release from its contract, with the team signing up to field Renault engines for 2018.

Ahead of the start of Honda's new partnership with Toro Rosso, the Japanese manufacturer has announced changes to its organisational structure in a bid to turnaround its fortunes.

Hasegawa is to move to a new role leading research and development for future road-car projects.

And, in an effort to make a success of the new partnership, Hasegawa's departure has resulted in Toyoharu Tanabe becoming technical director to oversee operations at the race track, while a new operating officer will be employed to head up engine development in Japan.

Tanabe, who has worked for Honda since 1984, has F1 experience, having worked as an engineer for Gerhard Berger at McLaren and as chief engineer for Jenson Button at BAR and then Honda. Now employed as a senior manager at Honda Performance Development in the US, Tanabe has been with Honda since 1984, working in F1 alongside the likes of Gerhard Berger (at McLaren) and Jenson Button (at BAR-Honda) as well as in IndyCars.

The role of Honda F1 boss, performed by Yusuke Hasegawa for the last two years, will be split into two positions.

"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", said Honda's brand and communications head Katsuhide Moriyama.

"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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