Max Chilton believes that Marussia's performance during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix shows that their progress is genuine, and not the product of luck.
Marussia scored their maiden points in the sport after Jules Bianchi finished in ninth place in Monaco, but Chilton believes that the pace of the MR-03 in Montreal shows that the car is improving.
Chilton qualified in 18th place, just a tenth of a second shy of progressing through to the second segment of qualifying.
"We came here off the back of a great result for the team in Monaco, but fully expecting to struggle rather more at a circuit that has never really suited our car in previous seasons," he said.
"I think we are all a little surprised, but pleasantly so, because it really underlines how much progress we’ve made with the car in all conditions and at a variety of circuits.
"We’ve had a very positive couple of days and we were hoping to be able to wrap all that into a great qualifying, which we started to do on the first run.
Chilton believes that he could have improved his lap time had the session not been prematurely halted due to a crash for Marcus Ericsson.
"That was a good lap, but there was definitely room for improvement, but the red flag put paid to that," he said.
"We have to look on the bright side though because it’s a further sign that our progress is genuine and not the product of one race. My plan for tomorrow is to aim to keep everyone behind me and hopefully have a nice fight with the cars ahead."