Helmut Marko blames media 's*** storm' for terminating Juri Vips contract after racial slur

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko blames English media for the team being forced to part ways with reserve driver Juri Vips in June.

In June 2022, the 21-year-old Estonian driver was suspended by Red Bull pending an investigation after he was heard using a racial slur on a Twitch livestream.

Then on June 28, his contract with Red Bull Racing was terminated following the completion of the investigation.

In an interview with Motorsport-Total, when asked about the Vips saga, Marko laid the blame for the young driver's dismissal at the foot of the English media, saying: "The English press unleashed such a s*** storm that Red Bull Racing had no choice but to relieve him of all his functions.

"I think he's 21 years young and has apologised. It annoys me that it happened in a stupid video game because they don't have anything better to do in the afternoon. I don't understand how you can do something like that for more than two minutes. But well, that's youth. I can't do anything with it."

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