Red Bull terminates Juri Vips’ contract, hours after Piquet controversy

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Hours after Nelson Piquet’s use of a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamilton got the whole F1 world into an uproad, Red Bull has decided to terminate their reserve driver Juri Vips’ contract, for making racist remarks.

Juri Vips has been suspended by Red Bull for using racist remarks in a livestream, and now after an investigation they decided to terminate his contract.

“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,” Red Bull announced.

“The team do not condone any form of racism.”

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The announcement comes hours after the whole F1 world went into an uproar over three-time champion Nelson Piquet’s use of a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamilton, during his analysis of the Briton’s collision with Max Verstappen at the 2021 British Grand Prix.

Considering Piquet is the father of Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Red Bull to join other F1 teams and personalities in condemning his words, but journalist Chris Medland learned the Austrian outfit did not intend to comment on the issue.

However, in light of the current situation, the timing for Vips’ release does not seem to be completely random.

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