Red Bull has suspended Formula 2 driver Juri Vips after he used racist language during a live game stream.
The reigning world champions have resigned the 21-year-old from squad duties with an investigation surrounding the Estonian and Tuesday’s incident set to take place.
“Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident,” read a statement on Red Bull Racing’s official Twitter account.
“As an organization, we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero tolerance policy for racist language or behavior within our organization.”
Vips, who is currently in his third season in F2, took to his Instagram account to apologize for his “unacceptable” language.
He said: “I would like to unreservedly apologize for the offensive language used during a live game stream earlier today.
“This language is completely unacceptable and does not represent the values and principles I hold dear.
“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I have to set. I will cooperate fully with the investigation.
Vips became the first Estonian driver to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in May when he took over from Sergio Perez in the Red Bull RB18 in the first practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton is leading F1’s attempts to increase diversity and inclusion in recent years, with the seven-time world champion joining four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in saying they will speak out on important issues after the new chairman of the F1’s governing body, the FIA, Mohammed Ben Sulayem questioned whether drivers should make their views known on these issues.
F1 has launched its own campaign to promote diversity in 2020 with an additional program until 2025 to support students from underrepresented backgrounds up to university.
Hamilton, F1’s first black driver, and British-born Thai Alexander Albon are the only two ethnic minority F1 drivers.