He's shocked by Marussia's performance leap of recent even without KERS.
"We do have a good tie up with Renault mainly because Renault is supplying engines to Caterham's road car project," he added.
Interestingly, that project is headed by F1 guru Mike Gascoyne.
Ending the little chat, we gambled on Michael Schumacher taking pole position in Brazil thanks to a 'special' tyre compound developed uniquely for him by Pirelli! John felt it would be a fitting send off gift from Formula1.
John would not pose for a photo. However, he lent his intricately tattooed arm, and shoved Barry and Lee, the tyre guys who enjoy being clicked by the press.