Red Bull Suspends F1 Junior Driver Juri Vips After Saying Racial Slur on Live Stream

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Photo credit: Joe Portlock - Formula 1 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Joe Portlock - Formula 1 - Getty Images

Red Bull Racing announced Tuesday it has suspended one of its junior drivers, Formula 2 prodigy Jury Vips, for using a racial slur while participating in a live stream.

"Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident," reads a statement from the team published to Twitter. "As an organization we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behavior within our organization."

A video clip published by user ilottofhope to Twitter, originally streamed by fellow F2 driver Liam Lawson, appears to show Vips saying the n-word while the two are playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Lawson is also heard laughing following Vips's remark.

Vips has since issued an apology on Instagram saying he regrets his actions and will cooperate with the investigation.

Vips currently sits in seventh place in the F2 championship. The 21-year-old Estonian recently got his first taste of F1 after spending a test day with Red Bull, driving Sergio Perez's car at the Circuit de Catalunya just prior to the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.

This isn't the first time we've seen a driver face repercussions for using a racial slur online. NASCAR driver Kyle Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing after using the n-word during an iRacing live stream event in 2020. He was reinstated less than a year later.

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