Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has suggested that a wet Belgian Grand Prix may be a blessing in disguise, as he looks to secure his fourth victory of the season.
With the Formula One season set to resume after a mid-season break, the Spaniard sits on top of the championship, holding a 40-point advantage over his nearest rival.
However, given Ferrari's early season difficulties and the unpredictable nature of this current campaign, the double world-champion pointed towards wet conditions as a potential source of victory.
Speaking during a media event with Shell, he said: "When your car is competitive and you are good in that weekend, maybe a dry race is better because it is more consistent.
"If you are quick you are 99 per cent [more likely to be] on the podium, which would be a good result already for us.
"If you are not competitive, I am sure the wet conditions are a help because you can do more, like choose the right tyre in the right moment."
Alonso grabbed an improbable victory around a washed-out Malaysian Grand Prix earlier in the season, and subsequently built on that as Ferrari introduced a number of upgrade packages to improve their struggling F2012 car.
However, despite the upgrades, Alonso hinted that wet weather would curb the advances of his competitors.
"At the moment, I don't know, but looking at this year's championships, maybe a wet race is better for us," he said.
"At the same time, wet is more risk. There is aqua-planing, white lines, kerbs, so the wet race can help you a lot and take a lot as well.
"I think with the championship position, you must finish races, you must always score points, and a wet race means more risk, but it is more risk for everybody."
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most celebrated circuits on the race calendar, and as Alonso admitted, it remains a very special place for a seasoned driver.
"It is fantastic it is one of the best circuits in the world. To do a lap here in Spa is very special for a driver. It is a very complete track."
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