After Racist Slough on Twitch, Pro Racing Driver is Dropped by Team
Oracle Red Bull Racing has dropped a Formula 2 driver after the 21-year-old used a racial slur in a Warzone Twitch stream.
Juri Vips was contracted with Oracle Red Bull Racing. This is the same team that manages Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen. However, after an internal investigation, it was revealed that Vips’ reserve driver program and test contract had been terminated.
The comment was made during a Livestream by Liam Lawson, a Formula 2 driver. Tips used the N-word in the viral clip. Lawson seemed to draw Vips’ attention, and they continued playing Warzone.
Later on in the stream, another clip showed Vips being homophobic. Lawson reminded Vips that he could not wear a pink cap because it was “gay” and gave him a pink cap.
Juri released a statement apologizing for the offensive language she used in a live gaming stream earlier today. This language is completely unacceptable and does not reflect the values and principles I hold. I regret my actions profoundly and do not wish to be a role model. “I will fully cooperate with the investigation.”
The investigation by Oracle Red Bull Racing ended with the team saying that “Following an investigation into an online incident involving Juri VIPs, Oracle Red Bull Racing terminated Juri’s contract as its reserve and test driver. “The team does not condone racism” Liam Lawson has not yet commented on the incident.