McLaren will bid farewell to Technical Director Paddy Lowe at the end of the 2013 season, the team announced overnight. Lowe is believed to have accepted a role with the Mercedes team.
Longstanding McLaren employee Tim Goss will immediately take over Lowe’s position while he serves out the remainder of his contract before switching camps.
Lowe has been part of the McLaren landscape since 1993, and his move to Mercedes has been rumoured since late last year. The Brackley-based squad is yet to officially announce his appointment.
His immediate replacement, 49-year-old Goss, has been with the Woking squad for even longer, having joined the team in 1990. During his time with McLaren, Goss has held the roles of Chief Test Team Engineer, Head of Vehicle Dynamics and Chief Powertrain Engineer.
Goss also headed the design teams responsible for the championship-winning MP4-23 design, as well as the MP4-25, MP4-27 and this year’s MP4-28 designs.
His latest promotion has been described as a “natural evolution” in his career path by Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh.
“I’d like to offer my congratulations to Tim on his new position, which, after more than 20 years of exceptional service for McLaren, he richly deserves,” Whitmarsh said in the team’s media release.
“I’m certain that, in his expanded role, Tim will continue to lead it very capably indeed, and will evolve and improve it. That’s his brief, and it’s already clear that he’s prepared to embrace it with energy and enthusiasm. In truth, though, this is a natural evolution in Tim’s already very successful career.”
Whitmarsh’s comments on Lowe’s departure were considerably more brusque, no doubt indicating his disappointment at the loss of one of the team’s most faithful servants.
“Paddy will be performing a different role within McLaren until the end of the year. He’s been a good and successful F1 Technical Director, and we wish him well when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014.”