Mark Webber has revealed a desire to help up-and-coming drivers, especially Australian hopefuls, by entering into a team ownership deal in the new GP3 Series.
The Red Bull
Racing star, a graduate of GP2 Series predecessor F3000, has linked up with current team boss Christian Horner's Arden operation to run three cars in the new-for-2010 F1 support category, with Horner confirming during Friday's Japanese Grand Prix
practice that Webber feels that the time is right to 'put something back into the sport'.
GP2 Series organisers revealed the ten teams officially accepted into the new GP3 Series as F1 headed to Suzuka, with the Webber-Horner alliance set to run under the MW Arden banner, with an Australian licence.
GP3 will also have further F1 links courtesy of Manor Racing and Status Grand Prix which, under the guidance of recently-confirmed Cosworth recruit Mark Gallagher, won last season's A1GP title with Team Ireland.
The rest of the field is made up of existing GP2 outfits ART Grand Prix and Addax - both of which have been linked to possible F1 efforts - World Series by Renault
frontrunners Carlin Motorsport and Tech 1, former GP2 entrant Hitech Racing, F3 experts Mucke Motorsport and former WSbR regular Jenzer Motorsport.