Rally Sweden was cancelled mid-December due to second wave of COVID-19. Round in Great Britain, planned to be hosted in Northern Ireland, was cancelled on first week of January despite event was scheduled to take place in August, eight months hence. Replacement event in Belgium took it's place. In January, Arctic Rally in Finland was added to calendar to replace cancelled Sweden, despite not being one of the nominated reserve events. At the end of March, Chile was cancelled and Acropolis stepped in as an replacement, to be held on same date. Rally Finland, originally planned to be held in it's usual early August date was postponed by two months to early October.
Changes: Just a week before season opening Monte Carlo, Neuville split ways with his long-standing co-driver Gilsoul. Thus, he set himself at disadvantage, starting most difficult rally of the season with new, relatively inexperienced co-driver with no time to familiarize.
Ogier scores his seventh WRC Monte Carlo win, equaling Loeb's former record.
Technical regulations for new cars with hybrid-technology were finally finalized at the end of March, with all three manufacturers (Citroen, Hyundai and Ford) committing to a three year extension (previously commitment was on annual basis).