The Canadian Grand Prix has often defied comparison, but Jean-Eric Vergne believes that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has enough elements to recall his karting days.

Like many of his peers, the Frenchman is a fan of the Montreal facility, and is looking forward to racing there this weekend, particularly as he guided his Toro Rosso to a points finish in Canada twelve months ago. However, he also recognises that the event poses similar risks to last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, with hazards waiting to catch the unwary.

"People say the track is dangerous and maybe that's part of its appeal," he claimed, "I find the circuits where the barriers are a hundred metres away from the track a bit dull. Taking a corner flat out, right on a knife edge, with walls to your left and right is a completely different feeling to going flat-out where you know that, if you go off, you have several hundred metres of run-off.

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"The last corner here before the pit straight is a good example. It's a nice corner, as it's quick and you have to jump two big kerbs, so it feels a bit like going back to one's karting days, throwing the car around at high speed. It's a work of art getting it right."

With Toro Rosso having struggled for points so far this season - notching up six at round one but adding only a couple more since, and none since the last of the 'flyaways' in China - it would be the perfect moment for Vergne to repeat his 2013 Montreal form.

"This event is on my personal podium for the best races of the year, and I had a very good grand prix there last year," he reflected, "I will be trying for a repeat performance this time, although finishing sixth, like I did in 2013 will not be easy as the Gilles Villeneuve circuit is definitely very hard on the cars."