Vips was heard utilizing racist language throughout a stay stream of a online game on Tuesday, prompting Purple Bull to take speedy motion.
The Method 1 crew issued a press release confirming he had been suspended from its crew actions forward of a full investigation.
“Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all crew duties with speedy impact, pending a full investigation into the incident,” the crew stated.
“As an organisation we condemn abuse of any type 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 stay gaming stream earlier at this time.”
“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 want to set. I’ll cooperate with the investigation totally.”
Vips grew to become a member of the Purple Bull junior programme in direction of the top 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.
Juri Vips, Purple Bull Racing RB18
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Alongside his F2 racing commitments, Vips has additionally served as a check and reserve driver for Purple Bull and its sister crew, AlphaTauri, for the reason that finish of 2020, in addition to enterprise 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 Purple Bull, fulfilling one of many crew’s two required younger driver follow appearances for the season.
Vips is subsequent attributable to race for Hitech Grand Prix within the F2 spherical at Silverstone subsequent weekend in assist of the British Grand Prix.
Hitech crew boss and founder Oliver Oakes informed Motorsport.com he was “shocked and appalled to listen to about this incident”.
“The feedback made by Juri are offensive and fully not reflective of Hitech’s inclusive values,” he added. “Like everybody else, I came upon about this an hour in the past – the video and Purple Bull’s suspension with an investigation to observe.”