Juri Vips was recently let go by Red Bull after incidents of racism on his live stream; while streaming and playing an online game, he had used racial slurs, which immediately saw him getting sacked by the team, and his contract getting terminated. However, this saw no difference in his Formula 2 career, as he is still kept by his F2 team, Hitech, but the sport criticized the decision. But at the same time, it might as well be a disadvantage for the team (Red Bull) to let go of a talented driver. Vips has been replaced by Liam Lawson at Red Bull.
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Although the first thought might be that Red Bull has just lost a reserve driver, the team principal, Christian Horner, thinks otherwise. According to the Englishman, there is no lack of talent in the pool or reserve drivers Red Bull has. Horner also said during the British Grand Prix that Red Bull always prefers to give youngsters a chance to get into the world of racing. “Obviously we’ve got quite a few youngsters and really promising youngsters that are out there at the moment. We have, obviously, Liam Lawson,” PlanetF1 quoted Horner.
Red Bull have potential replacements for Juri Vips
Although Liam Lawson has replaced Juri Vips, it does not mean that he is the only potential replacement. Horner stated a few names from F2 that he has in mind as the potential future drivers or reserve drivers for Red Bull. “We have Dennis Hauger, you know, racing in Formula 2 as well as obviously [Jehan] Daruvala that remains as a junior driver, despite, you know, testing with another team. [Ayumu] Iwasa is showing great potential as well. And that’s just in Formula 2,” he said.
Three of the 11 drivers who compete for Red Bull’s junior team have won championships. Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Sebastian Vettel are just a few of the academy’s former students who have achieved success in Formula 1.