Red Bull has suspended junior driver Juri Vips pending an investigation into an incident in which the 21-year-old allegedly used a racial slur while playing. A video has emerged of Vips using an offensive phrase while streaming on gaming platform Twitch alongside fellow Red Bull junior Liam Lawson.
Red Bull have now announced an investigation into the incident and suspended the Estonian. However, his position within Formula 2 is apparently unclear.
A statement read: “Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident.
“As an organization we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero tolerance policy for racist language or behavior within our organization.
Vips has issued an apology and insists he will cooperate fully with Red Bull’s investigation. In an Instagram post, he said: “I would like to unreservedly apologize for the offensive language used during a live game stream earlier today.
“This language is completely unacceptable and does not represent the values and principles I hold dear. I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will cooperate fully with the investigation.”
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