Michael Schumacher has admitted he is sporting a more "relaxed" attitude since returning to formula one.
In his first, ultra-successful career to 2006 spanning a record seven titles and 91 wins, the German was known for an intense and often frosty character.
"It is a fact that I am somewhat more relaxed than I was before," the 42-year-old told Cologne tabloid Express, referring to his character since returning to F1 with Mercedes. "No question."
But he denies he is any less serious.
"I just have much more experience and simply know what is necessary at what moment," said Schumacher. "I know when I need to be concentrated and when I can ease up."
Schumacher is yet to return to the podium in his 30 grands prix since 2010.