Shuhei Nakamoto, Ross Brawn's technical predecessor, has left the Honda F1 team.

Shuhei Nakamoto, Ross Brawn's technical predecessor, has left the Honda F1 team.

After becoming senior technical director in 2006, the 51-year-old Japanese is therefore arguably most responsible for the last two Honda single seaters, which in 2007 and 2008 finished the constructors' championship in respectively eighth and ninth positions.

Nakamoto, who lives in England, will now return to the Honda Racing Corporation as vice president, reportedly to focus on the marque's motorcycle racing operations.

Initially working on Honda's motorcycle racing programme, Nakamoto joined Honda in 1983.

 

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