After making a racial slur while playing a video game, Red Bull Formula 1 test and reserve driver Juri Vips has been placed on indefinite suspension.
Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver Juri Vips committed a massive error earlier this week while playing Call of Duty: Warzone with Liam Lawson, another Red Bull junior driver who now races in Formula 2. This error has already had a significant negative impact on Vips’ career.
The 21-year-old Estonian uttered a curse word and a racial epithet while the game was being broadcast live on Twitch.
Red Bull released the following statement, suspending VIPs with immediate effect for an undetermined period of time and announcing their intention to fully investigate the matter.
Vips made the following claim in a different post that he published on his Instagram account.
“I really regret the coarse language used earlier today during a live gaming show. This language does not reflect the values and beliefs I uphold and is totally inappropriate. I’m very sorry for what I did, and this is not the example I want to set. I’ll give the investigation my complete cooperation. Juri”
Juan Manuel Correa, a former Formula 2 driver, left a comment.
We all make errors, but some of them are regrettably more costly than others. We, who are aware of the kind of person you are, are aware that you did not intend for this to come across as that way. Keep your head up and remember that learning and growing are important parts of life.
Vips, who raced for Prema Powerteam, captured the 2017 ADAC Formula 4 Championship with two victories in 21 races. He finished fourth in the 2018 Formula 3 European Championship for Motopark with four victories in 30 races, and he finished fourth in the 2019 Formula 3 Championship for Hitech Grand Prix with three victories in 16 races.
In 2020, he made his Formula 2 debut with DAMS and participated in eight races, finishing on the podium once. Despite not being a full-time driver, he placed 16th overall in the standings.
For the first time in 2021, VIPS raced in Formula 2 full-time for Hitech Grand Prix, winning twice in 23 races en route to a sixth-place finish in the standings. He is ninth in the standings after 12 races in 2022 and has three podium finishes.
Vips made his Formula One practice debut last month at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, driving the RB18 in the weekend’s first practice session in Sergio Perez’s place.