Williams followed their strongest showing of the season in Azerbaijan two weeks ago by recording a double points finish for the first time this year at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Grove-based outfit recovered from a disastrous qualifying campaign to edge into the points as Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa elbowed their way up through the field.
Both Massa and Stroll were knocked out of Q1 in 17th and 18th respectively but took advantage of a first-lap collision to get both cars inside the top-10.
Canadian Stroll, left perplexed by Williams’ worst qualifying performance since the 2014 British Grand Prix, fought off the determined efforts of Renault driver Jolyon Palmer to pick up a point in 10th.
Similarly, Massa’s improved race-pace helped the Brazilian climb from the rear end of the grid to seal ninth and two points.
The Williams pair gained a handful of positions by the end of the opening lap following an opening corner collision involving Daniil Kvyat, Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen.
Not that Massa was complaining. He said: “For sure you cannot celebrate a ninth position but starting 17th it was a fantastic race for me.
“I had a really good start, getting through the issues that were happening in corner one, and overtaking cars.
“It was a fantastic first lap as the pace was great, compared to qualifying, which is something we need to work to understand so that we don’t repeat starting out of position like today.”
He chased Force India’s Esteban Ocon in eighth place to no avail but admitted: “I’m so happy with my race and it’s good to have both cars in the points.”
Stroll, who claimed his third consecutive points finish, was buoyed by the duo’s recovery but stressed Williams needs to find a cure for its mysterious lack of pace in qualifying before the upcoming British Grand Prix.
Stroll, who moves up to 11th in the drivers’ championship, said: “It goes to show anything can happen in a race and it is not over on a Saturday.
“I am feeling very positive as I started 18th, finished 10th and picked up another point. We need to figure out what happened to us in qualifying and try to cure it for the next race.”