Vips Dropped as Red Bull Reserve

Vips Dropped as Red Bull Reserve

Jüri Vips will not continue as Oracle Red Bull Racing’s test and reserve driver in Formula 1, the team announced in a statement Tuesday afternoon. Vips races for Hitech Grand Prix in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Vips was originally suspended by Red Bull on 21 June after footage surfaced in which he used a racial slur during a Twitch stream with fellow Red Bull junior Liam Lawson the previous night. Red Bull announced that they would conduct an investigation into the incident, which has now concluded.

“Following its investigation into an online incident involving Jüri Vips, Oracle Red Bull Racing has terminated Jüri’s contract as its test & reserve driver.

“The team do not condone any form of racism.”

It is not confirmed at this time whether Vips will continue as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team.

Vips had served as Red Bull’s reserve driver at several events in 2020 before taking up the post more permanently for the 2022 season. He competed in one free practice session for the team at the Spanish Grand Prix.

At the time of writing, neither Hitech nor Vips had released a statement on whether he will compete with the F2 team in the seventh round at Silverstone from 1–3 July.

 

Image: RedBull Content Pool

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