Oracle Red Bull Racing suspended the test and gave reserve driver Juri Vips with immediate effect for using racist language.
After the scene in it Red Bull The junior driver was found to be using racial slurs on a video game live stream, the Formula One team decided to take immediate action by suspending the Estonian from his duties. while conducting a full investigation.
On Tuesday, the Milton Keynes-based research team released a statement, emphasizing: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.. ”
Hours later, the 21-year-old driver took to Instagram, writing: “I would like to sincerely apologize for the offensive language used during a live game stream earlier today.
“This language is completely unacceptable and does not describe the values and principles I hold.
“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wanted. I will cooperate with the full investigation. ”
A member of Team Red Bull Junior since 2018, Vips made his debut in the Formula One series ‘FIA Formula 2 championship, back in 2020.
However, it was not until next season that he secured a full-time seat with UK-based team Hitech Grand Prix, paired with New Zeland driver Liam Lawson.
Over the course of his campaign in 2021, he won six podiums, finishing the year in 6th place with 120 points to his name, becoming the first driver to win twice in a single week. in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Later that year, he competed in the Formula One Young Drivers Competition on the RB16B circuit, held in Abu Dhabi.
In 2022, he continues to compete for the Formula 2 championship with Hitech GP as a teammate of Marcus Armstrong.
In late March, he scored a goal at Sakhir at the Bahrain International Circuit, crossing the finish line in third place in the Formula 2 season-opening Feature Race.
Currently, he is standing in 7th place in the overall driver’s ranking with 51 points after 12 races.
Furthermore, he serves as one of Red Bull’s test and reserve drivers, a role he also fulfills with the team’s sister brand Alpha Tauri.
A month ago, he made his debut at the pinnacle of motorsport, participating in Sergio Perezcar in the first free practice session of F1 The Spanish Grand Prix was held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain.