Formula Two driver Juri Vips has been suspended by Red Bull after using racist language during a live gaming stream.
The 21-year-old Estonian has been stood down from all team duties pending an investigation to the incident on Tuesday.
A statement on Red Bull Racing’s official account read: ‘Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident.
Juri Vips has been suspended by Red Bull following alleged use of racist language
The Formula Two driver (front) is now subject of an internal investigation within the team
‘As an organisation, we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behaviour within our organisation.’
Vips, currently in his third F2 season, took to his Instagram account to apologise for his ‘unacceptable’ language.
He said: ‘I wish to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today.
Red Bull released a statement outlining their zero tolerance on racist language within the team
Vips also released a statement outlining his full apology for the incident as well as regret
‘This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold.
‘I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I with to set.
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Vips became the first Estonian driver to take part in a Formula One race weekend in May when he took over from Sergio Perez in the Red Bull RB18 in the first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Vips has been on the radar of an F1 drive in recent times, featuring in a practice session for Red Bull during the Spanish Grand Prix back in April