Roma bemoans inexperienced co-driver

Mini driver Nani Roma has admitted that his disappointing start to the Dakar Rally is partly because he is yet to develop an understanding with co-driver Alex Haro.

The 2014 winner is in 12th place overall following the end of the Saturday's seventh stage.

This year's event is only the second time Roma and Haro have teamed up, having first competed together at last year's rally in Qatar. The pair have also done a few shorter events in Spain.

"One thing I realise now is that me and Alex Haro, we haven't had a lot of time together," Roma told

"Every time when we hit the road part, it is perfect and I don't need anything – but when we get to different terrain, every time and every day, I need to stay with Alex and explain things to him.

"All the time it is learning and it is difficult when you start to go really fast and, at the same time, teach someone who is trying to learn.

"It is complicated, but Alex has to do a big job – it is really amazing for us to have only done Qatar and now be here.

"He has done well, every day it is getting better and better but, of course, it is not very easy for me."

Roma is a veteran of 20 Dakar's, while Haro made his debut in 2015 when he finished 41st alongside paraplegic driver Albert Llovera.