Ayao Komatsu is a British based Japanese engineer, and Romain Grosjean's race engineer.
Ayao grew up in Tokyo, Japan and studied there until he was 18. He came to Great Britain in 1995 to pursue the dream of working in Formula 1 by enrolling in the Automotive Engineering course at Loughborough University.
Komatsu started his F1 experience with a stint as tyre engineer for the now defunct BAR team, before becoming a performance engineer at Lotus. He remained with the Enstone team for ten years, moving up to become a race engineer and thus forging a strong relationship with its driver Romain Grosjean.