Pilbeam leaves Lotus to join McLaren 22 January, 2014 Ciaron Pilbeam Mark Webber’s former Red Bull Race Engineer Ciaron Pilbeam has joined McLaren after just a year with Lotus as Chief Engineer. McLaren is strengthening its technical team in the wake of a well below par 2013 season, in which the team failed to score a single podium finish. Pilbeam is the latest of several senior personnel members to depart Lotus amid reports of financial problems afflicting the Enstone based outfit ahead of the 2014 season. (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsBerger to McLaren reports won’t go awayMcLaren deny more key staff set to leaveSporting director Michael to leave McLarenMcLaren deny Stroll to buy into teamDennis: None of our drivers are signed for 2015McLaren rubbish Berger reportsBerger denies he will replace Dennis at McLarenMcLaren: Red Bull sent coded messages to RicciardoMcLaren to decide 2015 drivers before season endsAlonso: Ron Dennis has not called me Kimi4WDC Probably didn’t get paid. The Pessimist Looking at the rate top personnel are leaving Lotus seriously doubt if they would even achieve half of what they did in 2012 or 2013.