- Red Bull Racing have suspended the 21-year-old Jury Vips, their F1 reserve driver competing in F2.
- Vips used the N-word during a Twitch livestream while playing “Call of Duty: Warzone” with another driver.
Oracle Red Bull Racing has announced that it has suspended its Formula One Judge Vips reserve driver for using a racist term during a recent Twitch live broadcast.
According to Asher Fair of Beyond the Flag, a video shared on social media shows Vips saying, “Bitch [N-word]” during a live Twitch broadcast. Vips played “Call of Duty: Warzone” with fellow Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson.
Red Bull Racing released a statement announcing the suspension and that they were investigating “the incident.”
The 21-year-old Vips is a member of the Red Bull Racing Junior team and competes in Formula 2. He is also a reserve driver for the Red Bull F1 team and completed his first F1 test drive earlier this season before racing in Spain. He is currently seventh in the F2 standings with two podiums this season.
Vips issued an apology on Instagram, saying he deeply regrets the incident and will cooperate with the investigation.
The suspension is reminiscent of a similar incident involving reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson.
Larson used the N-word during an iRacing event that was broadcast online in April 2020. He was initially suspended by Chip Ganassi Racing but was later fired after most of his auto partners withdrew their sponsorship.
After missing most of that season, Larson returned to NASCAR in 2021 with Hendrick Motorsports and won the Cup Series championship.
Despite his success, Larson is still struggling to get sponsors. Most often, the cars are “sponsored” by the team owner’s car dealership business, HendrickCars.com.