Red Bull junior Vips suspended by team for using racial slurs


Vips was heard using racist language during a video game live stream on Tuesday, prompting Red Bull to take immediate action.

The Formula 1 team released a statement confirming he had been suspended from team activities ahead of a full investigation.

“Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident,” the team said.

“As an organization, we condemn abuse of any kind and operate a zero-tolerance policy for racist language or behavior within our organization.”

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Vips took to Instagram to “unreservedly apologize for the offensive language used during a live game stream earlier today.”

“This language is totally unacceptable and does not represent the values ​​and principles I stand for,” Vips wrote.

“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I have to set. I will cooperate fully with the investigation.

Vips was a member of the Red Bull junior program towards the end of 2018. He finished fourth in the FIA ​​F3 championship the following year before moving to F2, where he is currently playing his third season.

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Alongside his F2 racing commitments, Vips has also served as a test and reserve driver for Red Bull and its sister team, AlphaTauri, since late 2020, as well as regular simulator work for the teams.

The Estonian made his F1 race weekend debut earlier this year when he took part in opening practice for the Spanish Grand Prix with Red Bull, completing one of two mandatory appearances for young drivers team for the season.

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Vips are then set to race the F2 round at Silverstone next weekend in support of the British Grand Prix. His team, Hitech Grand Prix, has yet to comment on the matter.


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