Manor Racing Director Dave Ryan says the squad's presence inside the top 10 at the Austrian Grand Prix proves it is a serious team, as Pascal Wehrlein scored his first point.
Wehrlein qualified in 12th position at the Red Bull Ring and raced to 10th place, despite being 12 seconds adrift of the back of the pack at the restart, following a period behind the Safety Car.
Wehrlein's point was the first for the rebranded Manor outfit, and only its second in history, after the ninth place achieved by the late Jules Bianchi in Monaco two years ago.
"The most important thing about it is that it shows that we’re a serious team and we’re working extremely hard to improve," said Ryan.
"Pascal was looking comfortable the whole time in Austria and even though there was a point in the race where things were not looking so great for him, we felt sure he would turn it around.
"That’s exactly what he did and he put himself in exactly the right position to take advantage if things came his way.
"Naturally, heading into our home Grand Prix this week, this will give everyone a huge lift."
Wehrlein's point lifted Manor above Sauber in the scrap for 10th place in the Constructors' championship.