Red Bull Pins Juri Vips to Twitch Livestream Slur

Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips has been suspended by the team and his future in F2 is unclear after he used racial slur during a live broadcast. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Hope in Formula 1 Jury Phipps has been suspended by Red Bull Racingafter the rookie driver made a racial slur while broadcasting on Twitch with teammate Liam Lawson.

Vips, who is currently seventh in the Formula 2 Championship, has been streaming Call of Duty: War Zone With his teammate Lawson when he uttered the slander.

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The 21-year-old Estonian driver shouted at something and then said that slander, with Lawson caught off guard.

Earlier in the stream, Lawson prompted Vips to wear a pink Red Bull-branded hat, to which Vips replied, ‘No, that’s gay’.

Lawson responded by telling Vips he couldn’t say that.

Clips of the moment appeared on social media, but Vips has since deleted the recording of the broadcast in question.

Red Bull Racing released a statement on Wednesday, saying that Phipps would be suspended until the team had more information.

“Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Jory Phipps from all team assignments with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the accident,” the statement read.

“As an organisation, we condemn any kind of abuse and have a zero-tolerance policy for racist language or behavior within our organisation.”

Vips himself later took to his Instagram page to issue an apology of his own.

He wrote: “I would like to apologize unreservedly for the offensive language used during a live game broadcast earlier today.”

“This language is totally unacceptable and does not depict the values ​​and principles I hold.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and this is not the example I want to set. I will fully cooperate with the investigation.”

Vips has been driving Red Bull’s junior program since 2018, and has also run F1 testing as a reserve driver since 2020, as well as making his F1 debut earlier this year when he sat down with Sergio Perez while training at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Australian ace Oscar Piastre is preparing to enter Formula 1 for the first time in 2023

While the immediate future of the F2 network’s VIP is yet to be determined, former F2 champion Oscar Piastre appears more likely to take a step into F1.

The Australian driver, who won back-to-back Formula 3 and F2 championships in 2020 and 2021, missed the race seat for 2022 and was regularly running Formula 1 testing for Alpine.

The 21-year-old in particular has been linked with Williams’ Mercedes-powered car, but Albin offered him to McLaren as a potential alternative earlier in the year.

When asked at the Canadian Grand Prix if he thought Piastri would race in Formula 1 next year, Szafnauer replied: “Yes.”

Commenting on the matter, he added: “We do not talk about the details of our contracts with the drivers.

“But when I say yes, that’s the plan.”

Oscar Piastre would get a seat in Formula 1 for 2023 if the Alps had his way.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Oscar Piastre would get a seat in Formula 1 for 2023 if the Alps had his way. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ocon has a contract at Alpine until 2024 but Alonso, 40, will have his contract expire at the end of the year despite his strong performances and eagerness to stay.

“We have signed Oscar, and we have a few options on him, so there’s no real need to rush it,” Szafnauer said.

Alpine has a detailed prep program planned for Pestry this season and he recently tested the 2021 car at Silverstone.

Williams principal Joost Capito said the Melbourne driver was definitely on their list.

with AAP

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