Pascal Wehrlein praised his Manor squad and reckons Q3 could have been possible as he qualified a career-best 12th for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Wehrlein inched into the top 10 in Q1, securing Manor's first slot in Q2 since Belgium 2014, and wound up in 12th position.
"It’s an incredible feeling for me and the whole team," said Wehrlein.
"I feel very proud of us today; it’s a measure of how hard we have all been working and a nice reward for that effort.
"My lap in Q1 was really good first of all. It was a nearly perfect qualifying.
"The strategy was excellent; we were always one of the first cars out on track and everything just came together in Q1, despite the fact that there was a red flag and yellow flag interrupting our flow.
"Then in Q2 I set my lap on my first run on the Super Soft tyre. We switched to the Ultra Soft tyre but by then the rain was really coming and there was no way to improve.
"Easy to say I guess, but were it not for the rain, Q3 might even have been possible today."