According to Autosport, Mark Webber has expressed his concern for young Australian drivers that are trying to progress their careers.
Webber, who has deiced to leave Formula One behind, believes that in order for young drivers to now progress up the motor sport ladder, they need to get to Europe as soon as the can.
He said: "You still need to get to Europe pretty early. I've always said that I would like to have done some European karting earlier. It's just so expensive now to get out of Australia and to prove yourself. It's always been tough, but now it's very, very difficult, as we're finding with Mitch [Evans] and those guys."
The former Red Bull driver, who has joined Porsche's return to Le Mans, has taken young Kiwi Mitch Evans under his wing in the past few years and has thus far guided him through his career.
Webber, who has a stake in the Red Bull junior team MW Arden International- who have a presence in a number of different categories such as GP2/3 and World Series by Result 3.5-has helped the 19-year-old throughout his career and trains with Mitch regularly.
Mitch Evans won the GP3 championship back in 2012 with Arden and went on to battle his way through a difficult first year in GP2 to claim podiums throughout the season, including on his debut weekend in Malaysia. Evans looks set for another year in the F1 feeder series next season.
Although compatriot Daniel Ricciardo has been promoted to partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull there still doesn't seem to be the level of interest in motorsport amongst youngsters in Australia.
Unlike Australia and New Zealand companies in places such as Russia and Britain companies are willing to sponsor a young driver, something that Australian drivers struggle with.
"Back in my day when it was Marlboro [funding young drivers], you didn't sell many cigarettes in Australia but you sell a lot of cigarettes in Brazil," Webber commented.
In an age in which Formula One teams are looking for money to survive as well as talent we have seen time and time again young drivers with talent not being able to progress due to a lack of sponsorship.
It is a sad state of affairs for everyone including drivers, teams that are forced into taking drivers with money over talent and fans who want to watch the best drivers in the world as opposed to the drivers with the wealthiest backing.
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