Red Bull terminates Juri Vips contract after racial slur investigation by reserve driver


Ed Bull has terminated the contract of reserve pilot Juri Vips after he made a racial slur during an online game stream.

The 21-year-old has been brought into the Formula 1 team as an official reserve for the 2022 campaign after a number of tests, having impressed in the F2 reserve series.

However, he was suspended last month after appearing to make a racial slur during a Twitch livestream.

On Tuesday, Red Bull confirmed they had sacked Vips after a thorough investigation.

They said: “Following an 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.”

Estonian runner Vips had earlier apologized for his actions. He wrote on his Instagram account: “I would like to unreservedly apologize for the offensive language used during a live game stream earlier today.

“This language is completely unacceptable and does not represent the values ​​and principles I hold dear.

“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I have to set. I will cooperate fully with the investigation.

The news comes after F1 and teams such as Mercedes and Ferrari condemned a racial slur used by former world champion Nelson Piquet to describe Lewis Hamilton in a podcast last year.

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