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McLaren promotes Lowe to technical director

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paddy Lowe has been at McLaren since 1993 © Sutton Images

Paddy Lowe has been promoted to technical director at McLaren as part of a management reshuffle.

Lowe, who was director of engineering, will remain at the head of McLaren's car development, but his new role will "afford him even greater levels of focus as he will be spearheading new and innovative technical projects", according to the team.

Chief engineer Tim Goss will take over Lowe's old position as director of engineering and Neil Oatley's responsibilities will also increase in his position as director of design and development programmes.

"It's great for Neil and me to be joined by Tim as another director on the technical side," said Lowe. "With the three of us, we'll not only be able to more efficiently spread our workload, but, through Tim and me, we'll also share race attendance.

"It's very important to have senior technical management at the racetrack, because that's where you score the points, but, equally, if you spend all your time away then you risk overlooking some of the hard work that happens back at the factory."

Goss's promotion will also cover the loss of Pat Fry, who joined Ferrari midway through last year and is now heading up the Italian team's engineering side at races.

"I used to be jointly responsible for the direction of our cars with Pat Fry," explained Goss. "Now I've taken on both roles - but there's obviously been some shifting of responsibilities within the team as, clearly, I can't do the work of two people. As director of engineering, my role will be to co-ordinate a small team of project engineers who are responsible for the specification, design and development of our cars."

Lowe is the first person to hold the position of technical director at McLaren since Adrian Newey left for Red Bull in 2006.