Juri Vips (EST) Red Bull Racing RB18 Test Driver. Spanish Grand Prix, Friday 20th May 2022. Barcelona, Spain.
Red Bull Racing has suspended Jüri Vips while it investigates an incident involving the Estonian making an alleged racist slur.
Vips allegedly made a racist slur during a Twitch stream while gaming with fellow Red Bull junior Liam Lawson.
Vips is a member of Red Bull’s Junior Team, having joined prior to the 2019 season, and also holds the role of reserve driver for Red Bull’s Formula 1 team.
He tested its RB18 at the Spanish Grand Prix as part of the new-for-2022 regulations mandating the presence of young drivers during two practice sessions.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening Red Bull Racing outlined that it has ‘suspended junior driver Jüri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident’.
‘As an organisation we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behaviour within our organisation.’
On his personal Instagram account Vips outlined that he “wishes to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today.
“This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold. I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will cooperate with the investigation fully.”
The status of Vips’ Formula 2 season remains unclear.
He is currently due to compete at Silverstone next weekend and holds seventh in the standings.
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