F1 Junior Driver Juri Vip suspended by Red Bull for racial remark
Tuesday, Red Bull Racing stated that Formula 2 prodigy Jury Vips had been punished for using a racial slur during a live stream of a computer game.
“Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident,” says a statement from the team issued on Twitter. As a company, we have a strict policy of not allowing any form of racism or bigotry in the workplace, and we strongly discourage any such comments or actions from employees.
It appears that Vips used the n-word while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with fellow F2 driver Liam Lawson, as evidenced by a video clip posted to Twitter by user ilottofhope. Lawson may be heard giggling at Vips’s statement.
Vips has subsequently posted an Instagram apology in which he expresses remorse for his acts and pledges to assist authorities with their inquiry.
Vips is presently ranked #7 in the F2 standings. A test day with Red Bull at the Circuit de Catalunya before the Spanish Grand Prix in May gave the 21-year-old Estonian his first taste of Formula One. He drove Sergio Perez’s vehicle.
Using a racist insult online may have serious consequences, and this is not the first time we have seen it happen to a motorist. Kyle Larson, a NASCAR driver, was let go by Chip Ganassi Racing in 2020 after he used the n-word on an iRacing live broadcast. It took less than a year for him to be brought back into service.