“Both drivers have been absolutely excellent today [Saturday]," he told Sky Sports. "It wasn’t easy to kind of keep the nerves with the soft tyres. We were in a way, anticipating that had there been some soft starters, it could have been a bit of a struggle for a couple of laps.
"Oscar obviously with his style, stayed very calm. Very controlled race, great speed in the sprint shootout with the P1 in qualifying."
Stella: Verstappen eased off in sprint race
Yet Stella believes that despite claiming victory in the sprint, McLaren might not have had the fastest car on track.
"Certainly, it’s a historical moment in his [Oscar’s] career like it was the first podium in Suzuka," he added.
"For us, it’s a P1. It’s a P1 earned by being quickest in qualifying and being quick. I'm not sure quickest [in the sprint], I’m not sure, Verstappen might have not pushed 100 per cent in the end because he was thinking about the championship.
"We were very strong. Well deserved, I think it comes on outright pace and just witnesses that the journey is good. It’s strong and we need to keep going like this."
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