Arai to be replaced as Honda F1 boss

By on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Yasuhisa Arai will step down from his role as Honda's Formula 1 boss next week, having been moved to a different role within the Japanese corporation.

Arai has been Honda's motorsport boss since the manufacturer returned to Formula 1 as engine supplier to McLaren, though the partnership endured a troublesome 2015 and placed only ninth in the standings.

Effective March 1, Arai will be replaced by Yusuke Hasegawa while a new role has been created to oversee the entire project, with Honda confirming Yoshiyuki Matsumoto as a Supervising Director.

Matsumoto will take up his position at the start of April.

Arai has been moved to a new role as Senior Managing Officer, Honda R&D, which he will take up next Tuesday.

The Honda-powered McLaren MP4-31 made its track debut during testing on Monday.

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