Vips was heard utilizing racist language throughout a reside stream of a online game on Tuesday, prompting Purple Bull to take rapid motion.
The Method 1 staff issued an announcement confirming he had been suspended from its staff actions forward of a full investigation.
“Purple Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all staff duties with rapid impact, pending a full investigation into the incident,” the staff stated.
“As an organisation we condemn abuse of any form and have a zero-tolerance coverage to racist language or behaviour inside our organisation.”
Vips took to Instagram to “unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used throughout a reside gaming stream earlier right this moment.”
“This language is completely unacceptable and doesn’t painting the values and ideas that I maintain,” Vips wrote.
“I deeply remorse my actions and this isn’t the instance I with to set. I’ll cooperate with the investigation totally.”
Vips has been a member of the Purple Bull junior programme in the direction of the tip of 2018. He completed fourth within the following 12 months’s FIA F3 championship earlier than graduating to F2, the place he’s at present competing in his third season.
Alongside his F2 racing commitments, Vips has additionally served as a check and reserve driver for Purple Bull and its sister staff, AlphaTauri, because the finish of 2020, in addition to enterprise common simulator work for the groups.
The Estonian made his F1 race weekend debut earlier this 12 months when he took half in opening apply for the Spanish Grand Prix with Purple Bull, fulfilling one of many staff’s two required younger driver apply appearances for the season.
Vips is subsequent as a result of race within the F2 spherical at Silverstone subsequent weekend in help of the British Grand Prix. His staff, Hitech Grand Prix, is but to concern any touch upon the matter.