Red Bull Suspends Vips

Red Bull Suspends Vips

Red Bull Suspends Vips Over Alleged Use of Racial Slur

Hitech F2 driver and Red Bull Racing reserve Jüri Vips has been suspended from the team after allegedly using a racial slur in a public Twitch stream Monday night. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“Red Bull Racing 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.”

Vips, a member of the Red Bull Junior Team since 2018, is contesting his second full season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Hitech Grand Prix. He is currently seventh in the standings with three podiums and two pole positions.

Alongside his F2 campaign, Vips has served as a test and reserve driver for Oracle Red Bull Racing in Formula 1, taking part in Free Practice 1 at the Spanish Grand Prix last month.

Vips quickly apologised for the language in a statement posted on Instagram Tuesday evening.

“I wish to unreservedly apologize 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.”

Hitech Grand Prix has not released a public statement on the matter.

Image Credit: Redbull Content Pool

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