Red Bull Racing terminates contract of reserve Formula 1 driver Juri Vips after racial slurs


Red Bull Racing has terminated the contract of test and reserve driver Juri Vips for his use of racist language.

The 21-year-old Estonian was caught using a racist term during a live stream with other drivers, with Red Bull quickly launching an investigation into the event.

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Vips’ deal with Red Bull is over

The F2 driver will no longer be sponsored by the energy drink

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The F2 driver will no longer be sponsored by the energy drink

Vips had apologized on his Instagram saying he would ‘co-operate fully’ with the investigation, which has now concluded that ties will be cut with the Formula 2 driver.

A statement from the team read: “Following its investigation into an online incident involving Juri Vips, Oracle Red Bull Racing has terminated Juri’s contract as test and reserve driver.

“The team does not tolerate any form of racism.”

Vips was named a Red Bull junior driver in 2018, and after progressing in F2 he was given the opportunity to take part in Friday F1 testing at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

Vips is currently seventh in this season’s F2 standings, in contention for the Hitech Grand Prix.

It is not yet known whether Vips will continue with the team he raced for with the support of Red Bull, wearing a branded racing suit and gear.




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