Kimi Raikkonen believes that the latest wave of F1 talent has an easier time adapting to life in the top flight than those drivers from his era.

It is sometimes hard to accept that the fresh-faced Finn graduating directly to F1 from Formula Renault is now one of the sport's senior statesman, one who has taken time out to tackle the WRC before making a winning comeback with Lotus and cementing a return to Ferrari, where he expects to see out his career.

Asked whether he feels that age is becoming a factor in his results, which have yet to catch fire in 2015 despite team-mate Sebastian Vettel's two victories, Raikkonen was his usual dismissive self.

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"Has it changed me a lot? I don't think it has changed my driving at all," he claimed, "With age you get some experience, but does it count much in F1? I don't know. I don't feel that I have changed as a driver and how I do my stuff. Hopefully, life goes on and things keep changing, but I don't see any difference in how I'm driving now and five years ago. Things have changed in the sport itself more than in me."

The exuberance of youth may have waned slightly in the past 15 years, but Raikkonen believes that it easier for rookies to come into F1 and make an impact now that it was in his day - an irony given from how far down the development ladder the Finn came in 2001...

"When I came into F1, [experience] probably made more difference than these days," he noted, "It has changed a lot because there is not as much testing, but there are a lot more things you can use to get yourself prepared.

"The easiest way to [explain it] is if I compare this to rallying, because the experience in F1 doesn't really make much difference but, in a rally, it's the biggest thing that will help you and make you faster and finish the rally. If I just go by those things, experience in F1 counts for nothing compared to that!"