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Red Bull suspends Formula 2 driver after he drops a racist slur during a Warzone stream

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Formula 2 racing driver Juri Vips(opens in new tab) has been suspended by Red Bull after dropping a racist slur during a Call of Duty: Warzone livestream on Twitch.

The incident occurred during a streaming session with fellow Red Bull junior team driver Liam Lawson. The slur is faint but clear(opens in new tab), and sparked an immediate reaction from Lawson, as well as racing fans watching the stream.

Prior to that, Vips had provoked a similar reaction by refusing to wear a pink Red Bull cap(opens in new tab) offered to him by Lawson, calling it «gay.» «Juri, you can't say that,» Lawson said in reply.

Lawson and Twitch viewers weren't the only ones to notice Vips' behavior. Not long after it came to light, Red Bull issued a statement announcing the driver's suspension. «Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident,» the team tweeted. «As an organization we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behavior within our organization.» Predictably, Vips «unreservedly» apologized for his behavior in a post on Instagram(opens in new tab). «This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold,» he wrote. «I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set.

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