Romain Grosjean produced a fitting conclusion to his four years with the Lotus team after making an alternative strategy work en route to ninth position.

The Frenchman was forced to start towards the back of the field after being halted by a gearbox problem in qualifying, but mirrored Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel with a soft-soft-supersoft tyre strategy as he clawed his way back through the order.

Making his move towards the end of the race with the more favourable rubber, he passed both Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat in the closing laps to secure ninth place.

A strong finish to wrap up a successful tenure with the Enstone-based team, a four-season stint that has yielded 11 podiums, the Frenchman was proud to contribute to Lotus' sixth position in the constructors' standings.

"It was a tough race but we knew with the right strategy we could do something good and the last stint was key. When I saw Sainz ahead of me and Max Verstappen behind me I wanted to pass them, we did and we've got sixth."

"It was the best way to leave the team, scoring some good points and having a good race. The team deserves it and I'm very proud of the gift I'm leaving as a present. It's been an emotional journey for me and I'm so happy to be able to reward everyone at Enstone with points."

Grosjean will now turn his focus towards his new endeavour with the incoming Haas F1 team, which will make its race debut in 2016.