Red Bull SACK Formula Two driver Juri Vips following alleged use of shocking racist language during a live gaming stream following an investigation into the incident
- Juri Vips has had his contract with Red Bull terminated following the probe
- The team had confirmed his suspension with a statement on Twitter last week
- The 21-year-old also released a statement of apology and regret over incident
- Vips took part in practice for the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in May
Formula Two driver Juri Vips has been sacked by Red Bull after using racist language during a live gaming stream.
The 21-year-old Estonian had been stood down from all team duties pending an investigation into the incident, launched last week.
Red Bull have now confirmed they have ‘terminated Juri’s contract as a test and reserve driver’.
Juri Vips has been sacked by Red Bull following alleged use of racist language
The Formula Two driver (front) had been the subject of an internal investigation within the team
‘The team do not condone any form of racism,’ Red Bull added in a statement on Instagram.
Despite Red Bull’s move to cancel Vips’ contract, it is understood he could yet race in F2 for the Hitech GP team on the undercard of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Vips, currently in his third F2 season, had taken to his Instagram account to apologise for his ‘unacceptable’ language.
He said: ‘I wish to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today.
Vips also released a statement outlining his full apology for the incident as well as regret
‘This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold.
‘I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I with to set. I will co-operate with the investigation fully.’
Vips became the first Estonian driver to take part in a Formula One race weekend in May when he took over from Sergio Perez in the Red Bull RB18 in the first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Vips has been on the radar of an F1 drive in recent times, featuring in a practice session for Red Bull during the Spanish Grand Prix back in April