Unlike at Racing Point where Perez's destination remains unknown, Renault has no need to worry about Ricciardo taking secrets with him as McLaren is using its available development tokens to adapt the MCL35 to fit the Mercedes power unit.
It means for the duration of 2021, McLaren will be unable to use this knowledge to make upgrades.
Combining this factor with recent strong on-track performances, Ricciardo has sensed an improvement in the atmosphere within the team since his move was announced.
“Obviously, when I announced it there were some emotions as expected," revealed Ricciardo.
"The biggest thing for me was to reiterate my intention to fulfil everything for the remainder of this year and to give it all I had.
“At the time you say these things, whether it’s over the phone or in-person, eventually you’re actions have to do the talking.
"You can say so much, and it’s all well and good saying I’ll do my best and put everything in I can, but if I’m finishing at the back of the pack then it doesn’t seem like I’m living up to it.
“I feel like, certainly once we got racing and the team has seen the effort I’m putting in and the results that we’re turning out because of that, I think they can tell now that I was definitely trying to be true to my word and live up to that.
“We’re getting on with that, so I would say the atmosphere is very good."
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