Ricciardo’s decision to leave Renault was initially criticised by then team boss Cyril Abiteboul, although he later praised for the Aussie for what he had brought to the team.
Leaving Renault with two podium results to his name, the team’s first since buying back the Enstone outfit, Ricciardo feels he has did his job.
However, the Australian says that he is strictly joining McLaren to benefit his racing career, vowing that there will be no “comedy show” between himself and Norris.
“It’s not going to be a comedy show. I’m going there for business, I’m going there to improve the car.
“My personality won’t change so I think I do enjoy doing what I do… but I’m certainly not going there to be this meme power couple or whatever it’s described as these days.”
The seven-time grand prix winner joins McLaren after spending two years at Renault, which followed his five-year stint at Red Bull.
Last season, Ricciardo bagged his first two podiums at Renault, leaving the 31-year-old satisfied with his short contribution at the team.
“I can honestly leave here [Renault] feeling fulfilled,” Ricciardo said. “I think importantly, for myself, feeling like I contributed something back into this team.
“Really it was the podiums, and just to see the joy not only on my face but also on the team’s face. It had been so long.”
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
|Bahrain ||26 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|