MARK WEBBER SUPPORTS AUSTRALIAN F3 SERIES LEADER MITCH EVANS CURRENT F3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP leader Mitch Evans has been recognised by Australian Formula 1 star Mark Webber, who will mentor the 15-year-old New Zealander as he works ...
MARK WEBBER SUPPORTS AUSTRALIAN F3 SERIES LEADER MITCH EVANS
CURRENT F3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP leader Mitch Evans has been recognised by Australian Formula 1 star Mark Webber, who will mentor the 15-year-old New Zealander as he works towards his goal of driving in the premier formula.
Evans, who won all three races at Wakefield Park's season opener in early March, was given the vote of confidence by the two-time Grand Prix winner in a special announcement in Melbourne at the weekend.
Evans will contest the remainder of this year's Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship before likely heading to Europe to race the best international youngsters from around the world in 2011.
"I met Mitch for the first time at last year's Australian Grand Prix and was amazed at how switched on he was at the age of just fourteen," Mark Webber said.
"When I was at that age, I was only Karting and was barely thinking about Formula One - it shows how much things have changed over the years.
"At this very early stage he is displaying all the right ingredients and characteristics to be successful at the highest level and he has some great people behind him who I'm certain will do everything to ensure he fulfils his dream.
"It's really important that he chooses his next steps carefully and I'm looking forward to playing my part by using my own personal experiences and contacts to make the move as seamless as possible, and helping his development on and off the track."
In the press conference held to announce his support of the talented young driver, Webber noted Evan's current participation within the F3 Australian Drivers Championship.
"Although Mitch will concentrate his efforts on Australia F3 this season, we will be taking him across to Europe during the year so he can begin to see the bigger picture stuff and weigh up his options for next year when he'll be competing there," he said.
"We will choose whatever we believe is the best category for him."
Mitch Evans came to prominence last season with a stunning performance in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, becoming the series' youngest ever race winner (at 14) and finishing second in the championship.
He then made his Formula 3 debut at the F3 SuperPrix, at Sandown, in November and won the race in challenging wet / dry conditions, becoming the youngest ever to win a Gold Star race in the series' 55 year history.
Over the Southern hemisphere summer Evans won both the Toyota Racing Series' International and outright championships before sweeping all three races at Wakefield Park recently in his first round as a 'full time' competitor in the F3ADC.
Round two of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will be contested at Symmons Plains Raceway on April 9 - 11 and will feature the F3 SuperPrix.
The 2010 Formula 1 (TM) Qantas Australian Grand Prix was also notable for the return to Australia of Bruno Senna, who contested four races in Australian F3 in 2006. Bruno, who now drives for the Hispania Racing Team, won his first ever car race at the '06 event behind the wheel of an Australian F3 Dallara.
-source: aus f3