Pastor Maldonado says rediscovering his rhythm enabled him to fight up the field to take a promoted seventh place and his equal-best result of the 2015 F1 world championship.

The Lotus driver's second half charge in the Russian Grand Prix put him in the ideal position to take maximum advantage of the retirements ahead of him to cross the line in eighth before he was bumped up to seventh due to Kimi Raikkonen's post-race 30-second time penalty for his last-lap clash with Valtteri Bottas.

The result saw him equal his top results this season at Canada and Austria and the Venezuelan felt it could have been more had it not been for unexpected issues at the beginning of second tyre stint on fresher rubber.

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"It was a bit tough today but we opted for the right strategy from the beginning starting on the soft tyres and going longer on the first run," Maldonado said. "Unfortunately we lost a lot of time on the second stint with the new super soft tyres.

"Our car didn't perform as expected at the beginning of the run but then after a few laps we started to get back into the rhythm. We scored points today which is very positive for the team and hopefully we can continue to do so in the next races."