Lance Stroll had a relatively uneventful day at the Spanish Grand Prix yesterday, but the challenge facing the Canadian rookie at Monaco in two weeks will be his biggest yet, says Felipe Massa.
The 18-year-old Williams driver saw the checkered flag for the second time in succession this year, a feat which delivered more experience and mileage to his still raw young talent.
While Massa is doing his best to counsel Stroll, the Brazilian warns that racing in the Principality brings on a whole different set of challenges.
"Monaco is probably the most demanding track of all," Massa told Le Journal de Montreal last weekend.
"Even experienced drivers have problems there. The walls arrive very quickly. And the cars are wider this year but the streets are just as narrow as before," he stressed.
"So it's going to be hard for Lance in Monaco. Nothing compares to it. But of course I'll be there to help him.
"The setup is crucial in Monaco and I will share it with him. Where and how to brake is also an art that must be mastered."
Massa recalled his own first visit to Monte-Carlo as a rookie in 2002, and whihc did not leave him with the best of memories.
"Like many others in their first time, it was catastrophic for me even if I did the 13th time.
"I was constantly avoiding contacts with the wall or other cars and my race ended abruptly," Massa said.
"Many drivers hit the wall trying to do too much. Even the veterans are not immune.
"At the risk of repeating myself, Lance must continue to learn," Massa insisted.
"He's in a difficult position, but I've been there. A lot is being asked of him in his first year and expectations are high."