Red Bull has terminated the contract of one of its drivers after an investigation found him guilty of using a racial slur during a live stream.

Red Bull has sacked reserve driver Juri Vips following his racial slur.

The Estonian, 21, was caught using the N-word while on a Call of Duty live stream on gaming platform Twitch last week.

Red Bull initially suspended Vips but have now terminated his contract following a full investigation, The Sun reports.

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A statement read: “Following its investigation into an online incident involving Juri Vips, Oracle Red Bull Racing has terminated Juri’s contract as its test & reserve driver.

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

Vips joined Red Bull in 2018 and made his debut for the team at the Spanish GP this year after standing in for Sergio Perez during first practice.

In addition to being their reserve and test driver, Vips races for Hitech in F2 and could still feature at the British GP this week.

The driver offered a full apology for his actions on Instagram and added he would fully co-operate with the team in their investigation.

He wrote: “I wish to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream.

“This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold.

“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will co-operate with the investigation fully.”

Vips is a former national and Formula 4 champion and is currently in his third season in F2 with the Hitech Grand Prix team.

He also has been a test and reserve driver for Red Bull and Alpha Tauri in F1 since 2020 after joining the team’s junior program in 2018.

This story first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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