After using the N-word and other homophobic slurs during a Twitch stream earlier that day, Red Bull Racing announced on Tuesday that junior driver Juri Vips had been suspended.
Vips, 21, is a Red Bull Formula 2 driver. The group declared that it decried “abuse of any kind” and had a “zero-tolerance policy” toward any form of discriminatory speech or conduct within our organization.
During a live stream of a Call of Duty game that he was playing, VIPS used the N-word. He also used homophobic comments during the same stream, according to other allegations. After the suspension was made public, he expressed regret for his behavior.
The Estonian driver stated, “I wish to sincerely apologize for the disrespectful words used during a live gaming video earlier today. “This usage of words is wholly wrong and does not reflect my ideals and ideas. I sincerely regret what I did, and I don’t want to lead by example. I’ll give the investigation my complete cooperation.”
The duration of Vips’ ban was not disclosed by Red Bull. The use of a live-streamed racial insult by a racing driver has resulted in two high-profile suspensions in the previous three years.
After using the same phrase in a spring practice race, 2021 Cup Series winner Kyle Larson missed the final 32 races of the 2020 campaign and was fired from Chip Ganassi Racing. Prior to the 2021 season, Larson was hired by Hendrick Motorsports. He won 10 races on the way to his first Cup Series championship after apologizing for his actions and leveraging his position for philanthropic work.
The Formula 2 driver VIPS, who recently participated in a practice session for Red Bull’s F1 team in Spain, is presently ranked seventh and eight points behind fourth place. As he begins to miss races due to the suspension, he will quickly drop in the standings. At Silverstone in Great Britain, the following Formula 2 race weekend gets underway on June 30.