With over 20 years of Formula 1 experience, Ayao Komatsu will begin a new role at MoneyGram Haas F1
Team for the 2024 FIA Formula 1 Championship, leading the team forward in the role of Team Principal,
having previously managed the engineering department as Chief Race Engineer and subsequently Director of
omatsu was born in Tokyo, Japan and from an early age had an interest in racing – albeit initially of the twowheel variety – having Japanese MotoGP star Norick Abe growing up in the same town, with the young maverick establishing his career stateside. Interests turned to Formula 1 as races were being broadcast free-to-air across the country, with a core racing memory for Komatsu created at his home race.
The 1989 Japanese Grand Prix played host to one of the most controversial collisions in the history of the sport, as McLaren-Honda team-mates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost came to a halt as the pair locked wheels while fighting for the championship.
January 28, 1976
- Trackside Engineering Director at Haas F1 Team, becoming Team Principal in 2024
- Race Engineer at Lotus F1 Team, becoming Chief Performance Engineer in 2015
- Performance Engineer at Renault F1 Team, becoming Race Engineer in 2011
- Performance Engineer at British American Racing (BAR Honda)