Jenson Button "surprised" by Lewis Hamilton's McLaren criticism

Practice leader Jenson Button walks into the pitlane in Brazil on November 24, 2012
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Jenson Button says that he was "very surprised" by Lewis Hamilton's claims that he has more freedom with Mercedes than he did with McLaren.

McLaren driver Jenson Button has admitted that he was "very surprised" by former teammate Lewis Hamilton's criticism of the team.

The 28-year-old, who left McLaren for Mercedes at the end of last season, recently claimed that he had more freedom within his new set-up.

"I was very, very surprised to hear that," BBC Sport quotes Button as saying. "The freedom I have in this team is phenomenal. It's so not like that. It's a very open team, free team, and a team that will do anything for you."

The two drivers will be competing against each other in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button in his team's pit on November 23, 2012
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