Milton Keynes-based Red Bull F1 team suspends driver Juri Vips for using racist language

Suspended Red Bull driver Juri Vips
Credit: PA
Juri Vips has been suspended while an investigation takes place. Credit: PA

The F1 team Red Bull have suspended junior driver Juri Vips after he used racist language during a live gaming stream.

The 21-year-old Estonian has been stood down from all team duties pending an investigation into the incident on Tuesday.

In a statement on their official Twitter account the Milton Keynes-based team said: “Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident.

"As an organisation, we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behaviour within our organisation."

Vips quickly took to his Instagram account to apologise for his “unacceptable” language.

Red Bull have suspended junior driver Juri Vips for using racist language Credit: PA

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 co-operate with the investigation fully.”

Juri Vips racing in F2 at Monaco earlier this year Credit: PA

Vips has been a regular driver in Red Bull's F2 team for the last three seasons.

The 21-year-old Estonian took part in a Formula 1 race weekend for the first time in May when he stood in for Sergio Perez during practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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