Jenson Button has defended the way Mark Webber went about announcing his retirement from F1 and move to Porsche for 2014.

After team boss Christian Horner admitted he was "disappointed" about only being given an hour's notice by Webber, Button believes the veteran Australian was correct in keeping the story quiet until the last minute.

"From what I have heard," Button is quoted by The Sun newspaper, "Mark has done everything right."

Button continued saying he believed Webber was right in not telling team members in the factory because the story could have easily been leaked onto Twitter or other social media.

Indeed Webber mentioned that went asked about it on Thursday: "It wouldn't have been an announcement then, would it?" he said. 

Button agreed: "From what he's said, the team owner (Dietrich Mateschitz) knew and he also told the team five minutes before the announcement was made.

"He is a great talent and had a good career. He is always outspoken and maybe there are not enough of those characters within the sport," he added.

Meanwhile Weber has revealed he had made the decision to retire from F1 and move to Porsche six months ago.

Webber told Melbourne newspaper The Age: "It's been on the cards for a long while, towards the back end of 2012 for myself.

"The decision was made before Christmas," he added.

"That's why I had all you guys (reporters) out for dinner in Melbourne. I knew that was my last race in Australia."

Therefore Webber said the events in Malaysia and the 'multi-21' saga never had a role to play in his decision. Instead Webber claimed: "You can't be at this level with the motivation not at tip-top".

 

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