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 NewsMcLaren to decide 2015 drivers before season endsAlonso: Ron Dennis has not called meHonda: We will match MercedesMcLaren and Whitmarsh finally part companyHonda: We expect points in every race and victoriesLauda: McLaren and Ferrari have sh*t carsMcLaren change stir up Hamilton and Alonso talkMcLaren play down Dennis commentsButton pretty in pink for father JohnButton: The whole McLaren team has to try harder 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.