And from the looks of things, Lowe appears to have done the decent thing when it came to giving McLaren notice of his intention to move on once his contract expired. Part of the McLaren release included a thumbnail sketch of Goss' CV, and one of the elements listed was the recent cars Goss had worked on.
He has been technically responsible for the definition and development of the following Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 cars:
* MP4-23 (6 Grand Prix wins with Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in 2008; 1st place in 2008 Drivers' World
Championship with Lewis Hamilton)
* MP4-25 (5 Grand Prix wins with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in 2010)
* MP4-27 (7 Grand Prix wins with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in 2012)
* MP4-28 (the F1 car that will be raced by Jenson Button and Sergio 'Checo' Perez in 2013)
I may be reading far too much into this, but it looks to me like Lowe told McLaren he was looking elsewhere back when negotiations to join Toto Wolff at Williams first got underway.
It's the decent thing to do, as the loss of Lowe is a blow to the team. As Jonathan Noble points out in Autosport, when Lewis announced he was leaving McLaren last year, Jenson said that the loss of a teammate was one thing, but that the loss of Lowe would be a disappointment.
Aside from the practicalities of losing a man of Lowe's skill and experience, there's also the psychological blow to a factory that has just said goodbye to a star driver and long-time member of the Woking family. The fact that Goss has been with McLaren for 23 years is a bonus in that regard - a familiar face in charge will help smooth the transition.
But it's not going to be all plain sailing at Mercedes, either. Brackley now houses about 94 different people who have been technical directors at one time or another, and no matter how often Ross Brawn says it's not a problem because everyone has a clearly defined role, it's still not easy to see how adding Lowe (and Wolff, and Lauda) to the mix isn't going to complicate matters somewhat.
Where does the phrase 'too many chiefs, not enough Indians' fall in the parameters of political correctness? Is there a better, more modern way to say that sometimes simplest is best? A direct chain of command and accountability has been proven to win wars, and I can't imagine it would be the worst strategy in motor-racing.
My instinct is that those who foresee a rapid reduction in senior Brackley personnel in the not too distant future are right, although I wouldn't put any money on specific names staying or going. Not yet, anyway - let's see what happens after the first four races.
Mercedes have not been available for comment since the McLaren press release was issued.