Today, Triple Eight said it would take “immediate steps to protect the team's legitimate business interests” after Cauchi departed in the off-season to join Grove Racing as its team principal.
In the wake of that news, the Braeside-based Supercars team has made its own statement.
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Speaking in the lead-up to Practice 1 at the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, Whincup danced around the subject.
“Yeah it is a distraction, but we're here to go racing,” said the seven-time Supercars champion.
“We've had a few months off, everyone's pumped about getting out on track.
“There's all that stuff going on behind the scenes. You don't have to worry about that when you're a driver, you just worry about your apexes and what gears you're about to run.
“Plenty goes on behind the scenes in running a Supercar team.”
Speedcafe.com understands the crux of the disagreement hinges on a so-called gardening leave arrangement.
The situation differs from 12 months ago, when Grant McPherson completed a six-month break upon exiting Triple Eight at the end of the 2020 season before starting as head of performance at Walkinshaw Andretti United in May 2021.