Red Bull suspended racing driver Formula 2 Juri Vips after hurling a racist slur during a live broadcast of Call of Duty: Warzone in Twitch.
The incident occurred during a broadcast session with the pilot of the junior team of Redbull, Liam Lawson.
The insult is faint but clear and provoked an immediate reaction from Lawson, as well as from fans watching the broadcast.
Prior to that, Vips had provoked a similar reaction by refusing to wear a pink baseball cap. Red Bull that he offered Lawson, qualifying it as “gay”. “Juri, you can’t say that,” Lawson replied.
The viewers of Lawson Y Twitter they weren’t the only ones to notice Vips’ behavior. Not long after she came out, Red Bull issued a statement announcing the driver’s suspension.
“Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team roles effective immediately, pending a full investigation of the incident,” the team tweeted.
“As an organization, we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero tolerance policy for racist language or behavior within our organization.”
As expected, vips He apologized “unreservedly” for his behavior in a post on Instagram.
“This language is completely unacceptable and does not represent the values and principles that I hold,” he wrote. “I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will fully cooperate with the investigation.”
The F2 It is the last rung before reaching the ranks of the Formula 1the most prestigious racing league in the world, and vips is close to taking that last step: he is a reserve driver for the team of F1 of Redbull, whose regular drivers include 2021 world champion Max Verstappen and series veteran Sergio Perez.
In fact, he just made his debut on the F1 in May, when he substituted for Pérez during the practice sessions of the Grand Prix from Spain.
Red Bull offered no hints as to potential long-term fallout for Vips, but it’s fair to say he has a lot to lose, possibly including his ride in 2020 Nascar Cup Series driver Kyle Larson being fired by Chip Ganassi Racing (and losing several sponsors) for using the same slur during an iRacing broadcast.