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Juri Vips joins Red Bull Junior Team ahead of Macau Grand Prix

by Peter Allen


Juri Vips has joined the Red Bull Junior Team in time to race in the firm’s colours at this week’s Macau Grand Prix.

The 18-year-old Estonian had been linked with the Red Bull programme after his highly-impressive rookie European Formula 3 season, where he took four wins and came fourth in the standings.

Tipped to move into the new Formula 1-supporting FIA F3 series for 2019, Vips will make an early debut for Red Bull at Macau this week alongside 2017 race winner and Motopark team-mate Dan Ticktum.

Red Bull has not commented on its plans for Vips after Macau.

“In a way I am going into it a bit blind as I have never been there before,” said Vips. “But I am making sure I am well prepared, watching the videos, running in the sim, learning everything I can before I get there.

“There is nothing better than having a fast teammate. With Dan’s win last year and the team’s experience at Macau I should have everything I need. I certainly have a good feeling about it.

“I do like street circuits, Pau was great. Not so much the results as qualifying was a bit of a mess but I certainly came away with a very good feeling. I think the track suits me and I think Macau will too. I believe anything is possible.”

Ticktum and Vips are part of a particularly strong line-up from the German outfit in Macau, with Joel Eriksson making his return and last year’s defeated hero Ferdinand Habsburg moving to the team from Carlin.