McLaren has announced a reshuffle of its technical staff ahead of the 2011 F1 season, with Paddy Lowe having been named as the new technical director.

Lowe moves into his new position having previously held the role of engineering director although he will continue to represent the technical side of the team within both FOTA and the FIA.

Tim Goss, chief engineer on the MP4-25, will now become director of engineering with Neil Oatley continue in his role of 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," Lowe said. "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 meanwhile said he was delighted to take on his new position.

"I used to be jointly responsible for the direction of our cars with Pat Fry," he said. "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."