Scuderia Toro Rosso veteran Jean-Eric Vergne is already hyped up for this weekend's British Grand prix, even though he admits that the new-look F1 might make the event more tricky than usual.

The Frenchman is in the midst of a frustrating campaign, with consistent qualifying performances coming undone on race day. He currently occupies 14th position in the drivers' championship, based on two eighth-place finishes that sandwich four of five retirements in the first half of the year.

Despite that, he remains unbowed, and is now looking forward to round nine at the home of British motorsport, which he believes poses one of the sternest tests for a driver.

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"It's a track I love, and one of the best on the calendar, because of all the high-speed corners," Vergne enthused, "It is very important to have an excellent aero package here as it is all about those high-speed turns.

"Driving an F1 car at Silverstone is really thrilling [although], with this year's car, it might prove quite tricky as everyone has less downforce to work with, so it will be interesting to see how the new type of car performs around this circuit. I'm looking forward to the race...."

Rookie team-mate Daniil Kvyat is also a fan of Silverstone, having driven there in the junior formulae. After three point-scoring finishes in his first four races in the top flight, the Russian insists that STR will be looking to make the most of any opportunity that arises to return to the top ten after posting back-to-back retirements in Monaco, Canada and Austria.

"I really like the [Silverstone] track," he admitted, "[There are] plenty of great sections, like Maggotts and Becketts and Copse, and the new section is quite technical, [but] the weather can have an effect, especially the wind which can catch you out in the high-speed corners."

With only twelve points to its name as the mid-point of the season approaches, Toro Rosso lies a long way adrift of sixth-overall McLaren, and will have its attention firmly on Lotus, which is only four points adrift in the standings and hopeful of its own resurgence on home soil.