Alex Albon has hailed his Williams team for "outdoing" their rivals after he scored points again at the Miami Grand Prix.
Despite qualifying down in 18th, the British-Thai driver worked his way forwards in the race, and eventually finished in P9, taking his second top 10 result of the season following his previous success in Australia.
Albon had performed well in Friday's practice sessions at the Miami International Autodrome, and was left feeling that the team deserved to be running well all weekend.
"We were in the top 10 for two or three practice sessions," Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"And we were genuinely there, it wasn't low fuel or anything like that, we were there on pure pace.
"So to get the P10 is, I feel, where we should have been all weekend. Of course, we lucked into [it] a little bit [because] of collisions with the cars in front, but we were right there behind them, catching them as well.
"It was a really strong weekend for us."
Albon feeling positive about Williams' competitiveness
When asked whether he felt he deserved some good fortune in the race after a bit of bad luck in Q1, Albon explained: "Yes. I feel like, you can say luck but firstly we were fighting George [Russell] in the beginning of the race; we actually overtook him at one point.
"We then caught Daniel [Ricciardo] in the race, and we were catching the whole pack in front of us, so I don't even call it luck.
"I think we were just, again, optimistic on strategy; we stayed out where everyone else pitted, and we took our chances as we always keep doing, and that's what's putting us in these situations where we're nipping at the points."
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Williams "outdoing" rivals on Sundays
Albon admits that Williams still have work to do to improve their prospects in qualifying, but he remains optimistic that they will achieve this.
He believes that the Grove-based squad have maximised their performance on race days, though, so much so that they have been getting ahead of some of their rivals in certain areas.
"I think if we optimise our package, we will get there [in qualifying]," Albon said.
"But it's the same as everyone. I just think also, in some respects, we are doing a really good job in the races, and I feel like we are outdoing other people on tyres and strategy, and also on how we work the tyres.
"Again, that C2 [Hard compound], I did my best lap on the last lap. There's something about that tyre that we love!"
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