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Lance Stroll already under pressure to deliver at Monaco

The pressure is building on 18-year-old Formula One rookie Lance Stroll, even if the Canadian continues to sound positive, and Monaco next week is likely to be his toughest race yet.

With five races done, a quarter of the season, the youngest driver on the grid has yet to score a point for his Williams team.

Monaco, with the wider 2017 cars hurtling ever faster around the narrow and twisty streets, will be a challenge even for the most experienced.

“I think Monaco will be tricky for everybody and for Lance it will be maybe one of the most difficult tracks for him because he doesn’t know the track,” Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa told reporters at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Williams did not expect the billionaire’s son to light up the sport immediately, although Max Verstappen set a benchmark when he came in at 17 with Toro Rosso, and the Canadian’s retirements have not been all of his own making.

On his debut in Australia he started last after a penalty for a gearbox change and was halted by brake failure in the race.

In China he qualified 10th but made contact with Force India’s Sergio Perez on the opening lap and spun off.

Bahrain saw a lap 12 collision with Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who was handed a penalty, while Russia finally brought an 11th place finish after an early spin. Spain ended in 16th place after qualifying 18th.

“One of the very difficult things for Lance is the enormous pressure placed upon him,” commented Williams technical head Paddy Lowe.

“He’s a driver with a lot of expectation around him from not just people close to him but even more across the paddock, I think, because there’s a lot of spotlight on how he got here and ‘does he really deserve the drive?’ and all those things.

“Racing drivers are by their natures super-competitive, they are the best and the worst at beating themselves up if they don’t think they are performing as they should. So that cascades and creates its own pressure for him.

“There are…

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