Pink Bull suspends F1 reserve driver Vips for utilizing racial slur

Vips was heard utilizing racist language throughout a dwell stream of a online game on Tuesday, prompting Pink Bull to take instant motion.

The System 1 staff issued a press release confirming he had been suspended from its staff actions forward of a full investigation.

“Pink Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all staff duties with instant impact, pending a full investigation into the incident,” the staff mentioned.

“As an organisation we condemn abuse of any form and have a zero-tolerance coverage to racist language or behaviour inside our organisation.”

Vips took to Instagram to “unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used throughout a dwell gaming stream earlier as we speak.”

“This language is fully unacceptable and doesn’t painting the values and rules that I maintain,” Vips wrote.

“I deeply remorse my actions and this isn’t the instance I with to set. I’ll cooperate with the investigation absolutely.”

Vips has been a member of the Pink Bull junior programme because the finish of 2018. He completed fourth within the following 12 months’s FIA F3 championship earlier than graduating to F2, the place he’s at the moment competing in his third season.

Alongside his F2 racing commitments, Vips has additionally served as a check and reserve driver for Pink Bull and its sister staff, AlphaTauri, because the finish of 2020, in addition to endeavor common simulator work for the groups.

The Estonian made his F1 race weekend debut earlier this 12 months when he took half in opening follow for the Spanish Grand Prix with Pink Bull, fulfilling one of many staff’s two required younger driver follow appearances for the season.

Vips is subsequent as a consequence of race within the F2 spherical at Silverstone subsequent weekend in assist of the British Grand Prix. His staff, Hitech Grand Prix, is but to challenge any touch upon the matter.

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