McLaren has followed in Ferrari’s footsteps with its own staffing reshuffle leading into Paddy Lowe has been promoted to the role of McLaren's technical directorthe start of the 2011 season, with former engineering director Paddy Lowe promoted to the role of technical director.

The changes have come about with McLaren wanting to boost its competitiveness in the wake of consecutive seasons of not winning a Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championship crown.

Lowe’s promotion sees Tim Goss, the chief engineer on last year’s MP4-25 chassis, promoted to Lowe’s old role so he can play a greater role in the development of this year’s MP4-26.

The duo will work closely alongside Neil Oatley, who will continue to head up the design and development areas of the F1 team.

The changes within the team appear to have stemmed from the departure of Pat Fry – the chief engineer who preceded Goss – to Ferrari.

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