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Juri Vips: Red Bull sack junior driver after investigation into alleged racist slur on live gaming stream


“Following its investigation into an online incident involving Juri Vips, Oracle Red Bull Racing has terminated Juri’s contract as its test & reserve driver,” the statement said.

“The team do not condone any form of racism.”

The 21-year-old Estonian was relieved of all team duties on June 21. CNN has reached out to Vips for comment.

After the incident, Vips apologized and admitted the language used was “entirely unacceptable” in a post on his personal Instagram account.

“I wish to unreservedly apologize for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today,” Vips wrote.

“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.”

Earlier this year, he replaced Sergio Pรฉrez to drive Red Bull’s F1 car in a practice session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vips driving for Red Bull during practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 20.

Vips has been racing with the British-based Hitech GP team in Formula 2 this season and currently sits seventh in the standings, although his future with the team is unclear.

CNN has reached out to Hitech GP for comment.



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