After his first month with the Dutch squad, Mike Gascoyne has hinted to Spyker that a podium under his watch might not be too distant a dream.
The highly rated 43-year-old, who started work as the Silverstone based team’s ‘Chief Technology Officer’ early in November, reminded the Dutch magazine ‘Formula 1 Race Report’ of his record of success with Jordan, Renault, and – most recently in F1 – Toyota.
Gascoyne said: “Every team that I have worked for finished on the podium in the first year — actually, at Toyota, I needed two extra races.”
The Briton, however, insisted that there is no substitute for hard work, and has already played down any suggestion that with him on board Spyker could mount a challenge for the world championship.
Gascoyne continued: “There is no magic button to press.
“This team reminds me of Jordan when I left (in 2000), but it is not as strong — I took a lot of the good lads with me to Renault. But there is still a lot of potential.”