Red Bull Sack Driver for Saying N-Word During Video Game Live Stream

Juri Vips’ dreams of racing in Formula 1 have come crashing down.

Red Bull Racing has officially fired the junior driver after he uttered a racial slur during a video game live stream.

The 21-year-old was playing the first-person shooter Call of Duty: Warzone with fellow Red Bull driver Liam Lawson when he appeared to say the N-word.

Red Bull immediately launched a “full investigation” into the matter as fans condemned its actions via social media, saying it had “thrown away his F1 career” and had “been given a red flag even before the beginning of its first race”. .

Well, it turns out they weren’t far off in their estimates.

The team released a statement confirming that Vips’ contract was torn up.

Red Bull officials said: “Following its investigation into an online incident involving Juri Vips, Oracle Red Bull Racing has terminated Juri’s contract as test and reserve driver.

“The team does not tolerate any form of racism.”

At the time of the incident, Vips released their own statement.

“I wish to unreservedly apologize for the offensive language used during a live game stream earlier today,” he wrote.

“This language is completely unacceptable and does not represent the values ​​and principles I hold dear.

“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set.

“I will cooperate fully with the investigation.”

Before his dismissal, the Estonian driver was in his third season in Formula 2, occupying seventh place in the championship.

Vips got a taste of what it’s like to be in the seat of an F1 in May when he replaced Sergio Perez in the first practice of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

He’s been tipped to eventually move to F1, but that now appears to be off the table – at least for Red Bull.