Tim Goss has been appointed McLaren Technical Director replacing Paddy Lowe

Lowe strongly linked with move to Mercedes in 2014

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 26/02/13 7:05am

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McLaren have appointed Tim Goss as their new Technical Director, replacing Paddy Lowe who has been strongly linked with a move to Mercedes in 2014.

Goss joined the Woking-based team in 1990 and has led car design operations since being promoted to Director of Engineering in January 2011.

He will take up his new role with immediate effect with McLaren confirming Lowe will continue with the company before embarking on "a fresh challenge in 2014." It is widely expected that Lowe will be joining Mercedes amidst fresh reports this week that he will miss the season-opening Australia GP after being put on gardening leave.

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"I'm delighted to have been offered the Technical Directorship of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - one of the most prestigious positions in global sport - and I'm greatly looking forward to making a significant contribution to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' on-going success in that role," Goss said.

"As before, I'll be leading our car design operations, while continuing the process of evolving and improving our technical and engineering function in collaboration with Martin [Whitmarsh], Jonathan [Neale], Sam [Michael], Neil [Oatley] and the rest of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' hugely experienced technical and engineering team."

Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says Goss's experience will help McLaren stay at the front of the grid and confirmed the exit of Paddy Lowe.

"It's a little-known fact, for example, that over the past 23 years he's made crucial technical and engineering contributions to the winning of five of McLaren's 12 Drivers' World Championships and three of McLaren's eight Constructors' World Championships, and that he's been the principal definer and developer of McLaren's F1 car design function for more than five years," Whitmarsh said.

"In line with what Tim has said, I firmly believe that our technical and engineering team is the best in the F1 business, and that its strength in depth has always been and will continue to be an important element of our on-track success.

"Paddy [Lowe] 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."

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