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“Draconian” decision to sack Vips shows Red Bull is serious about racism – Horner · RaceFans

Red Bull’s resolution to dismiss Juri Vips from its younger driver programme exhibits it’s critical about tackling racism, says crew principal Christian Horner.

The 21-year-old, who drove for the crew throughout follow for the Spanish Grand Prix, was dropped after he used a racial slur in a stay stream final week.

The crew’s announcement coincided with the revelation Nelson Piquet had used a racist expression to check with Lewis Hamilton. Horner stated this was why Red Bull, in contrast to another groups, made no assertion on Piquet’s language.

“We were appalled at Nelson’s comments,” Horner instructed Sky. “We’d obviously had an incident with one of our young drivers at the end of last week, and we took very definitive action. He’d made a racist comment and so we took action and we immediately removed him from the team.

“So we put out a statement about Juri, and then this [story] comes out. We felt that we’d made a very strong statement through action of actually dropping Juri from the team, for not in any way condoning any form of racism or discrimination.”

Hamilton yesterday questioned why some groups haven’t signed as much as the anti-racism constitution proposed by his fee final 12 months. Horner stated Red Bull are “fully behind Lewis” and “fully signed up to the Hamilton Commission.

“We felt that actions sometimes talk louder than words and the action that we took with Juri, which obviously was draconian, but in line with the policy that we have.”

Vips is racing for Hitech in F1 this weekend

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen criticised the feedback made by Piquet, his accomplice Kelly’s father, however stated the three-times world champion is just not racist.

Horner stated Verstappen had additionally proven he’s “fully supportive” of Hamilton. “He stated it in the press conference yesterday, he’s fully supportive of Lewis, not just of Lewis but any form of racism or discrimination in the sport.”

“As Red Bull, we’re a young team, we’re a very inclusive team, we have a very young following, a very diverse following, and that’s very important to us,” Horner added.

Vips’ Formula 2 crew Hitech has not taken any motion towards the driving force, who’s competing for them at Silverstone this weekend, despite the series expressing concern over their decision.

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