Yusuke Hasegawa is a man under real pressure. It shows. He looks tired and stressed as he walks into Honda's hospitality unit in Melbourne. "Are you OK?" Autosport asks as we sit down to talk. He lets out a long sigh. "I'm OK..."
But all is not OK in Honda's world. It's not an overstatement to say that this new Formula 1 season has started disastrously for Honda and its partner McLaren.
This is meant to be the season this famous F1 alliance starts making real waves again, following two years of struggle. After an encouraging display last year, when Honda developed its V6 hybrid turbo engine effectively enough to help McLaren vault from ninth to sixth in the constructors' championship, there was genuine hope and expectation of joining the fight with F1's 'big three' this season.