Alexander Rossi admits he was “relieved” Fernando Alonso didn’t win this year’s Dakar as it proves it is not the easy to jump between series.

Double F1 World Champion Alonso spent the better part of 2019 training for the Dakar and adjusting to racing on sand dunes instead of tarmac.

The Spaniard lined up at the 2020 Dakar in a Toyota Hilux and, while he had some good stage results, finished 13th overall.

He was more than five hours adrift of rally winner Carlos Sainz with crashes and rolls hampering his efforts.

Rossi was grateful the Spaniard didn’t win.

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