Red Bull suspend driver for alleged racist abuse while gaming

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Red Bull have suspended junior driver Juri Vips pending an investigation into an incident in which the 21-year-old allegedly used a racial slur while gaming. A video emerged of Vips using an offensive phrase while streaming on gaming platform Twitch alongside fellow Red Bull junior Liam Lawson. 

Red Bull have now announced an investigation into the incident and have suspended the Estonian. However, his position within Formula 2 is apparently unclear. 

A statement read: “Red Bull racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident.  

“An an organisation we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behaviour within our organisation.”

Vips has offered an apology and insists he will fully cooperate with Red Bull’s investigation. In an instagram post, he said: “I wish to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today. 

“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 wish to set. I will cooperate with the investigation fully.”

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