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N-word used: Red Bull suspends backup pilot over racist remarks

The Estonian young driver Jüri Vips has to fear for his career after the racist incident

The Estonian young driver Jüri Vips has to fear for his career after the racist incident

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The Estonian young racing driver Yüri Vips played a first-person shooter with fellow drivers, which was streamed live. The replacement driver of the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team apparently used the N-word.

The Formula 1 team red bull has suspended its replacement pilot Jüri Vips because of an alleged racist derailment. The racing team announced on Tuesday that they wanted to investigate the incident. “As an organization, we condemn insults of any kind and have a zero tolerance policy towards racist language and behavior,” said World Champion Max Verstappen’s team.

The N-word should have fallen

Este Vips is said to have made racist comments in a stream on the Twitch internet platform. According to media reports, he played an ego shooter live with fellow drivers using the N-word. Via Instagram he asked for the incident “unreservedly apologize” for the language he used. “I deeply regret my actions, this is not the example I want to set,” Vips wrote. He will fully support the internal investigation.

Red Bull Junior Vips is a regular driver in the junior series Formula 2 and is currently seventh overall there. The 21-year-old was also used in the first Formula 1 practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix in May at the Red Bull. The racing series obliges the teams to give a young driver a chance to practice at least twice a season.

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