If there’s one thing Formula 1 can be good at, it’s shoving people around to different teams, roles and places. It seems that Honda have decided to move Yasuhisa Arai out of the leadership role for Honda’s F1 program and have replaced him with Yusuke Hasegawa.
The team say the move was to bring youth and diversity to the management team…whatever the heck that means. These days press offices will label any change—like moving from Pepsi to Coke or changing to Puffs from Kleenex—as “diversity”. Hasegawa said:
“I need to catch up with what is going on,” Hasegawa said.
“There are a lot of good people working very closely with McLaren so I don’t think it will be a big problem.
“Compared to Arai-san, I think I am a very conservative person.”
Arai was always the optimist in the crowd and seemed intent on just how well things were going as McLaren experienced their worst year ever. Those are hard situations to be smiling about but he did just the same. Arai said:
“I will do my best to support him,” he said. “He has a different personality, the approach is a little bit different. This year we know how big the gap is to the top teams…so we don’t say such optimistic words. More realism.”
So now McLaren’s woeful 2015 season has taken claimed its first victim at Honda. Let’s hope that Hasegawa can fit in to the “Culture” of McLaren which the team were keen to point at last year as the real issue.
Hat Tip: Reuters