Honda has restructured its Formula 1 programme with Yusuke Hasegawa being replaced at the end of the year. His role will now be split with Toyoharu Tanabe becoming F1 technical director, running operations at events. Tanabe is a long-time F1 engineer, having worked with McLaren in the early 1990s and then with BAR between 2003 and 2007. The company will also appoint an operating officer who will be in charge of research and development at Sakura in Japan. Hasegawa will remain as executive chief engineer.