Toro Rosso head Franz Tost reckons that F1 should hold erace events on the Sunday morning of grand prix weekends. The call comes after the success of Formula E’s inaugural Las Vegas esports final, in which gamers went headto-head with current FE drivers over a $1m [£860,000] prize fund. “We must improve the show,” said Tost. “We must bring in young peoples’ interest, for example with egames. Why not have a Sunday morning egame with a broadcast with people worldwide involved?”
NASCAR chiefs were expected to announce a scoring and format shake-up on Monday as Motorsport News closed for press. MN’S sister title Motorsport.com reported that NASCAR races were due to be divided into three segments for scoring purposes, with drivers given bonus points for being in the top 10 at the end of each one. The end-ofseason Chase run off is not expected to change… British single-seater racer Jack Aitken is tipped to switch to the ART Grand Prix team for this year’s GP3 Series, which would mean him partnering with George Russell ( see story left). Aitken was fifth in the points in his maiden season last year with Arden. Aitken could not confirm a deal but told Autosport: “Coming back this year means that winning the title has to be our goal. ART has also produced many great drivers over the years, making it the perfect place to continue my bid for F1 by learning as much as possible”... Nissan factory driver Jann Mardenborough will make his debut in the Bathurst 12 Hours on February 5. The gamerturned racer was runner-up in last year’s Japanese F3 series. He will share one of the team’s two Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3S with Nissan Australian Supercars driver Todd Kelly and 2015 Bathurst winner Florian Strauss... EX-F1 man Pastor Maldonado is in talks with the KVSH Racing team about an Indycar programme this year. He hasn’t raced since losing his Renault seat in 2015...
NASCAR is set for a shake-up