Red Bull suspends Vips Jury for racial slur

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 20: Vips judges from Estonia and Oracle Red Bull Racing speak with race engineer Hugh Bird in the garage during practice ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 20, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Vips judges from Estonia and Oracle Red Bull Racing speak with race engineer Hugh Bird in the garage during practice ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 20, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing has suspended Jury Vips junior driver, the team announced Wednesday, after he used N-words and homophobic language during a Twitch stream.

Vips, 21, drives in Formula 2 for Red Bull. The team said they condemn “abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy against racist language or behavior within our organization.”

VIPs say N-words during live broadcast from the “Call of Duty” game he played. Per another report, he also used homophobic language during the same stream.

He apologized for his actions after the suspension was announced.

“I would like to apologize unconditionally for the offensive language used during today’s live game stream,” the Estonian driver wrote. “This language is completely unacceptable and does not reflect my values ​​and principles. I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will cooperate with the full investigation.”

Red Bull did not announce the length of the Vips suspension.

It is the second high-profile suspension of a racer for his use of a live-streamed racial slur in the last three years.

2021 Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson missed the final 32 races of the 2020 season and lost his ride at Chip Ganassi Racing when he used the same slur during a simulated race in the spring. After apologizing for his actions and using his platform for charity work, Larson was hired by Hendrick Motorsports ahead of the 2021 season and won 10 races en route to his first Cup Series title.

Vips made a training appearance for F1 team Red Bull in Spain and is currently seventh in the Formula 2 standings and eight points behind fourth. He would fall to the bottom of the standings in no time as he started to miss races due to suspension.

The next Formula 2 racing weekend begins June 30 at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.

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