John started his career in motorsport in Brackley in 2001, working as an aerodynamicist for race chassis manufacturer Reynard Motorsport. One year later, he transferred to Hinwil, Switzerland, to work for the Sauber team. In 2004, he was promoted to senior aerodynamicist for the Swiss team. Three years later, he returned to Brackley as principal aerodynamicist for Honda. In 2010 he was promoted to Chief Designer for the Mercedes works team.
John thinks that the biggest strength of the team is our culture. “We have a team that is very accepting of failure. We’re not negligent in what we do, everyone tries hard, but we accept that failing is a part of what we do, so we need to pick ourselves up and move forward from there and learn from those mistakes rather than blame people.”