Red Bull drop Juri Vips as F1 reserve driver after racial slur

FILE PHOTO: Red Bull’s Juri Vips during practice. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

LONDON—Formula One championship leaders Red Bull terminated the contract of Estonian reserve driver Juri Vips on Tuesday after an investigation into a racial slur made during a live stream.

The 21-year-old Formula Two driver was suspended last week after a video appeared on social media of his comments while gaming on the Twitch platform. He apologized for his “entirely unacceptable” language.

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“Following its investigation into an online incident involving Juri Vips, Oracle Red Bull Racing has terminated Juri’s contract as its test and reserve driver,” the team said on Twitter ahead of the British Grand Prix.