February 25th, 2013 (F1plus).- It is not exactly a surprise but there is still some shocking element on the news. McLaren announced that Tim Goss is going to be its new Technical Director for the 2013 season and forwards –unless something changes along the way- and with that the long speculated future of Paddy Lowe is, well, partially settled, as he will stay with the team in different role throughout the year.
Goss is along serving McLaren employee since he joined the outfit back in 1990 as a Development Engineer. Being part of such a mammoth Formula 1 technical operation, Goss has climbed positions throughout the company’s racing division; lately he was Director of Engineering (since January 2011).
"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' ongoing success in that role.
"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."
"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' ongoing success in that role. “ Said Goss.
Once again, when a speculation game start around a subject in Formula 1, even if it sounds just a hoax or something created with an specific objective, there’s always some true on it.
In this concrete case we are talking about Paddy Lowe. Yes, you know he’s been on the news about a future move to Mercedes and all that. This has yet to be confirmed, but numerous sources assure it will happen.
Paddy Lowe will leave McLaren at the end of 2013.
Having sat out the launch of the new MP4-28, McLaren's technical director Paddy Lowe and then announcing he was not going to travel to Australia for the 2013 opener, were just few of the indications.
And so, the saga of Lowe's uncertain future continued with the Guardian newspaper claiming on Monday that a move to Mercedes for the 50-year-old is "a done deal".
"He will join the team in time to oversee the massive (rule) changes for 2014," said journalist Paul Weaver.
Weaver explained that Lowe will remain under contract to McLaren this year, but he will be on so-called 'gardening leave' in order to protect the Woking based team's technical secrets.
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn insisted recently that his position is safe, but Weaver thinks Lowe could eventually take over "unless Mercedes make significant progress" in the near future.