An online game that cost Juri Vips dearly. The Estonian driver, in fact, yesterday was suspended by Red Bull with immediate effect due to the racist language used during a Twitch live broadcast.
Viips, who joined the Red Bull Academy, was engaged in an online Call Of Duty match with Liam Lawson, a colleague in both Formula 2 and the nursery, when he used a racist phrase that was by no means tolerated by Red Bull.
The Milton Keynes team immediately issued a statement highlighting the suspension with immediate effect from all activities pending a full investigation. The note then went on to underline how the organization condemns abuses of any kind and adopts a zero tolerance policy towards racist language or behavior.
The suspension of Juri Vips from any activity related to Red Bull caused a great stir and the Estonian driver wanted to apologize for the incident using his Instagram profile.
“I apologize unreservedly for the abusive language used during a live game. This language is completely unacceptable and does not represent the values and principles I have. I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I want to set. I will cooperate fully with the investigation. “
For Vips this episode comes like a blow in a decidedly complicated season. The Estonian, in his second full year in Formula 2, is struggling more than expected and has made numerous mistakes in the race, the most recent in the Baku Feature Race when he crashed at the castle chicane while firmly in command.
It seems that the tranquility of Vips has faded this season and the episode of racism could put an end to his hopes of landing in Formula 1.
Juri Vips, Hitech GP
Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool
Juri had the opportunity this year, on the occasion of the Barcelona GP, to sit behind the wheel of the Red Bull RB18 during FP1 to allow the Milton Keynes team to mark the first of the two days of free practice reserved for a rookie.
Now we need to understand what will happen next week when Formula 2 is back on track for the Silverstone round.
Hitech GP boss Oliver Oakes, contacted by Motorsport.com about the incident, said he was shocked and bewildered by the incident: “The comments made by Juri are offensive and absolutely do not reflect the inclusive values of Hitech”.