Honda’s F1 pro­gramme boss Arai re­placed for start of new sea­son

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Ya­suhisa Arai has been re­placed as boss of Honda’s F1 pro­gramme.

The Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer had a dis­mal re­turn to the sport pro­vid­ing en­gines for Mclaren last sea­son. The year was blighted by un­re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems and a lack of power from its hy­brid mo­tors.

Arai, 59, will be re­placed by Yusuke Hasegawa – who joined the com­pany in 1986 – and ex­plained that it is Honda pol­icy for staff to re­tire when they reach 60.

“I was given a task and I was able to ful­fil it,” said Arai (left). “I was put in place to do a spe­cific role and I did the best I could.

“Whether or not I was able to achieve the re­sults ev­ery­one was ex­pect­ing is dif­fer­ent. Be­cause it is a big task, the re­sults were dif­fi­cult but per­son­ally be­cause it was so dif­fi­cult and it was the start of a large pro­ject, I am pleased to have been part of it.”

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