Mike Gascoyne admits he will be looking to the skies for inspiration this weekend ahead of the British Grand Prix with the threat of rain having the potential to boost the ailing Spyker team.

Still languishing at the back of the field in France as they continue to edge closer to their revised package in Turkey, Spyker come to Silverstone with quiet confidence of an improvement courtesy of the team's long affiliation with the circuit, albeit through Jordan.

However, Gascoyne realises the team will need more than home advantage - one they barely have anyway due to the number of teams based in Britain - and is casting an eye over the weather forecasts that have suggested rain will prove a factor this weekend.

Although points are not on the cards, Gascoyne hopes adverse weather conditions could help level the playing field to get them on terms with the likes of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Super Aguri.

"At the moment we are where we expected to be at the back of the grid, but with the weather we've had over the last few weeks in the UK and the rain showers that could obviously mix things up. We'd look to get the strategy right and see what we could pick up. Rain or showers and changeable conditions would be very good for us."

Indeed, Gascoyne cites Spyker's problems as originating from qualifying where they emerged a second and a half off their nearest rivals in France. However, with Adrian Sutil proving 20secs behind Takuma Sato at the chequered flag, race pace is proving considerably better than single-lap speed.

"When Adrian was in free air, his pace was a lot better than we saw on Saturday, which shows we have to get Qualifying right. We know what the pace of the car is at the moment, but we qualified a second and a half behind the Super Aguris, and over 70 laps we finished 20 seconds down on Sato, so obviously we are better than we are making ourselves look in Qualifying."

 

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