Major F1 Controversy Blows Up as Red Bull Suspend Junior & F2 Driver ‘With Immediate Effect’

Published 06/22/2022, 2:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 18, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during qualifying REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Red Bull suspended its Junior driver Juri Vips! The team is one of the biggest names in the world of motorsports. They’re renowned for their brilliance and have even managed to secure 4 constructors’ titles and 5 drivers’ titles. Understandably, they will not tolerate any debatable behavior from any driver under their umbrella.

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Red Bull’s training program comprises many young drivers. The academy trains and monitors young boys and girls to become future world champions. They compete in the junior Formula series and have only one goal: to win it all. The likes of Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, and Sebastian Vettel have entered F1 through this program.

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The Austrian Constructor has suspended their junior and test driver, Juri Vips. Notably, Vips, on a live stream, was caught using “racial slurs”, prompting the team to take immediate action. Red Bull, in a statement, wrote, “Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Jüri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect pending a full investigation into the incident.”

 

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“As an organization we condemn any form of abuse and have a zero tolerance policy towards it racist language or behavior within our organization.” (translation credits: google)

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The team has overall done really well this season. They’ve won 6 races in a row and stand quite unbeatable. Drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have remained at the very top of their game. Moreover, everything seems to be becoming easier for the team after several Ferrari blunders.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
The team has been immensely competitive, leaving no room for mistakes from its end. After the initial DNFs, the Austrian outfit quickly picked themselves up and charged on to close the gap with their rivals. Given their impressive run since the Emiliana Romagna Grand Prix, they currently lead both the constructors and drivers’ table.

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It looks like an easy path for team Red Bull to win it all from here on. But what do you think? Is it that easy?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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