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Red Bull Keeps Vips on Young Driver Scheme After Racist Comment

A photo of racing driver Juri Vips in Red Bull coveralls.

Juri Vips remains a Crimson Bull driver, for now.
Photograph: Mark Thompson (Getty Photographs)

Estonian racer Juri Vips has been retained as a Pink Bull junior driver, irrespective of currently being fired from his role as the team’s take a look at and reserve driver pursuing a racist outburst on the internet. Crew principal Christian Horner confirmed right now that Crimson Bull was holding Vips on its roster as he carries on his Formula 2 campaign with Hitech.

Purple Bull released an investigation into Vips’ actions immediately after the 21-calendar year-previous racer was read employing a racial slur when streaming a gaming session on the internet. Immediately adhering to the incident, he was suspended by Purple Bull pending an investigation into his steps.

The moment the investigation concluded, the Milton Keynes-dependent group declared he would be relieved of his responsibilities as its exam and reserve driver. This announcement was followed by a ‘surprising’ transfer from Vips’ F2 team, Hitech GP, which stated he would be permitted to keep his seat for the remainder of the Formulation 2 year.

A photo of Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips in a team-branded top.

Juri Vips shed his position as Crimson Bull take a look at and reserve driver.
Photograph: Lars Baron (Getty Photos)

Now, Sports activities Illustrated experiences that Red Bull has allowed Vips to remain on its young driver system while he contests the remaining eight races in the 2022 season. As per Athletics Illustrated:

“The PA news company was the 1st to report the news. In an job interview with the outlet, Crimson Bull group manager Christian Horner reported, ‘We have canceled our agreement with him and that will without doubt give him time for reflection.

“‘Everybody at some point justifies a next chance, if they can exhibit that they have really learnt from their issues. He is a young guy, a youthful kid, and we will be supporting him – even although he has had his arrangement terminated – from a psychological health and academic perspective. With any luck , he will understand from it’.”

A place on Crimson Bull’s young driver software is a very hot ticket, and I’m sure there would have been motorists queuing up to fill the gap if the team experienced permit Vips go.

In the past, the coaching scheme helped current F1 world Winner Max Verstappen onto the grid, as properly as Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and the two current Alpha Tauri drivers.

The choice not to drop Vips from the application is a bizarre one. When the workforce sacked Vips from his tests function, it stated it did “not condone any sort of racism.”

Which begs the problem, why does it want to keep its ties to a driver that it previously sought to distance alone from?