Goss is McLaren technical director
Tim Goss has been appointed McLaren's new technical director to replace Paddy Lowe, who will join Mercedes at the end of the year.
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Lowe's move, to be confirmed by Mercedes, ends fierce speculation as he has been linked with the team for the past few weeks.
For the remaining year of his contract with McLaren, Lowe "will be performing a different role" within the organisation, according to team principal Martin Whitmarsh, albeit undefined and understood to be away from grands prix weekends.
Last month Mercedes unveiled Toto Wolff as their new head of motorsport and it was at that stage Lowe was quickly earmarked for a move.
On Lowe, Whitmarsh said: "Paddy has been a good and successful technical director and we wish him well when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014."
For now, it is Goss, formerly McLaren's director of engineering, who has been appointed technical director with immediate effect.
With McLaren since 1990, during which time Goss has contributed to five drivers' and three constructors' world titles, Whitmarsh believes his new role is one he "richly deserves".
Whitmarsh added: "His quiet and unassuming persona conceals a fierce competitiveness and a wealth of experience, coupled to an unrivalled level of expertise in the field of Formula One car design and engineering."
Despite Lowe's impending exit, Whitmarsh said: "I firmly believe 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.
"Moreover, I'm certain that, in his expanded role, Tim will continue to lead it very capably and will evolve and improve it.
"That's his brief and it's already clear he's prepared to embrace it with energy and enthusiasm."
Underlining what Lowe is leaving behind, Goss has described his new role as "one of the most prestigious positions in global sport".