Motorsport: Webber expects Evans to step up

Mitch Evans
Mitch Evans
Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber expects Mitch Evans to move up from the GP3 Series next season after the young Kiwi clinched the series title last weekend.

Webber has been mentoring Evans since 2009 - soon after he saw Evans became the youngest driver to make the podium in an Australian Formula Ford round - and expects his young protege to one day race in F1.

"I'm very proud of what Mitch has done," Webber said. "He's put together a very good campaign this year and GP3 is a very tough championship.

"There are a lot of good drivers in it, yet it was Mitch who had the most poles and the most wins of anyone. He's learning all the time and I look forward to him moving up to another category next year and showing everyone what an exceptional talent he is."

Evans, 18, won the series in a thrilling conclusion at Monza on Sunday morning, and with i, 200,000 towards a GP2 budget in 2013 - and a GP2 test at the end of this season.