Romain Grosjean hails his Hungarian Grand Prix performance as 'beautiful' after fighting back from a difficult start to claim his joint-best result of the season.

The Lotus driver's seventh place finish has left the Frenchman bouncing after recovering from a first lap horror show along with a penalty and tricky safety car period. Grosjean says his team got the strategy spot on to match his results from China and Bahrain.

"I think today was an incredible race, it was an incredible weekend," Grosjean said. "We got the strategy right and, after all that, we ended up in P7 fighting with the Mercedes. Being in the top ten in qualifying was a miracle and today was actually beautiful."

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Grosjean would have grabbed his best finish since 2013 at the US Grand Prix but a charging Lewis Hamilton, who had been in two scraps bringing him down the order, edged him out in the final few laps.

"I had a terrible start, lost a lot of spaces and I was pushed into the gravel by Carlos Sainz on the first lap," he explained. "Then I came back on track and couldn't pass the McLaren. Then there was a penalty for an unsafe release and then the safety car. We really pushed hard and it was good, we deserved some points."