Its Formula one politics time again, and back in the news is Honda. Reuters reports that Honda, who have finally decided that something needs to change, following being ditched by their old flame Mclaren, with Yusuke Hasegawa stepping down as head of the Japanese F1 project at the end of the year. Honda also managed to hitch on the Torro Rosso wagon who were looking for an engine after ditching Renault and being turned down by Mercedes. Honda has chosen to divide Yusuke Hasegawa’s position into two parts, one will be handled by Toyoharu Tanabe, a former Formula One veteran who was formerly race engineer to Austrian Gerhard Berger at McLaren in the early 1990s, will be made technical director, Tanabe, who was also chief engineer to Britain’s Jenson Button at BAR and Honda Racing between 2003 and 2007, will run operations at the racetrack and in testing. The other position will be filled by an operation officer, who is yet to be named ill take charge of research and development at Sakura in Japan while Hasegawa remains the executive chief engineer.
“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.
Its no surprise that, while Honda has been in a slump for the last three years, culminating in Mclaren ditching Honda as their engine supplier despite the decision costing Mclaren about 100 million in funding. Naturally, they are looking at McLaren, who had a dominant partnership with Honda in the late 1980s and early 1990s, last won a race in 2012 and this year finished ninth of the 10 teams with just 30 points — 638 fewer than champions Mercedes.
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