Dean Stoneman has admitted his excitement at racing in front of his home crowd this weekend as Formula Renault 3.5 makes its returns to Silverstone.

The British racer, second in GP3 last year, joined defending champions DAMS in February following Carlos Sainz's promotion to F1. Speaking to Crash .net , the Red Bull junior admitted his hopes for this weekend are higher as the pressure of the home crowd ramps us and the rivalry with his team mate intensifies.

"There's maybe a little bit more pressure here because the fans are British and I'm British but it's nice to see so many people coming to see what a great car I'm driving," he said. "There's more pressure but as a racing driver, you should be able to deal with it."

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Silverstone's dampened track has offered the Briton some mixed fortunes this weekend. Second fastest overall yesterday, Stoneman settles for 11th at the close of first qualifying and will line up for this afternoon's race just outside the points.

"It's a high speed track so should suit us," he continued. "It was difficult on Friday morning but we obviously developed the car over the day and it was better then, only a couple of tenths off."

Stoneman has four podiums to his credit this year, one more than team mate Nyck de Vries. It has been a closely fought battle between the pair who sit fourth and fifth in the standings respectively.

"It's give or take throughout the lap, I could be faster in sector one, he could be faster in sector two, it is up or down," he said, noting his team mate's raw pace and training under the guidance of McLaren's F1 team. "He out qualifies me and I am faster the next time. It shows that we are both good drivers and we want to win."