For Mercedes (and Hamilton) in particular, they might have felt hard done by, as they had been quick in practice and sorting out pole and 2nd on the grid between them.
Despite a decent start, Hamilton found himself overtaken by Alonso in the first lap.
But early in the race, the Mercedes floundered as the Ferraris took up the lead positions, as the Mercedes drivers went backwards.
Things were no better for Button who initially slipped from 14th to 17th in the first three laps.
He found himself later battling former teammate Hamilton over 13th place, before advancing up the order into the points, staying ahead of teammate Sergio Perez for valuable points.
Paul di Resta had the most consistent day of the top Brits, moving up from his start position of 10th, and could not quite find a way around Nico Rosberg at the final lap.
A subdued Hamilton acknowledged that Mercedes have a lot of work to do, to explain why both drivers finished so poorly, his fall down the board being the most spectacular (2nd to 12th).
Button also felt that the situation was not improving for McLaren, but was happy to finish in the points at all.
The action returns on the 23rd-26th May, in Monte Carlo.
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