"I think, with a lot of teams, you can see it's been a hot topic at the start of this year, so it's pretty natural that that was going to be an area we looked at. We've seen from the development we've done that it a very big step - far bigger than you would normally expect to be making, which is why everybody else has obviously done it. The good thing is that it means we can catch up with those in front who already have it.
"You'll get more downforce and that will switch the tyres on more quickly. The one question is can we keep the better tyre degradation in the race? Or do we start to suffer like the other teams? In the race, we're very kind with the tyres, so you saw us beating Williams
in China by doing one stop less than them. But the unknown is whether we start to get higher degradation when we get more downforce."
Despite having Marussia Virgin and HRT comfortably in the rear view mirror this season, and tenth place in the championship beckoning once again, Gascoyne still insists that it would not yet be appropriate to switch newly arrived Mark Smith to work on the 2012 car.
"Not really," he admitted, "I think we won't abandon the 2011 car because there are no real rule chances fort next year, so it's really just a question of when you stop putting upgrades on one car and develop them for the next one."