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Cancellations continue
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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. Rally Japan was scheduled to be final rally of the season but worsening Covid-situation led to it's cancellation in September and was quickly replaced with Monza.

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).

Changes
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Theme of changes was driver - co-driver splits. Trend started with Thierry Neuville who parted with long time co-driver Gilsoul and joined with Martijn Wydaeghe just a week before season opening Rally Monte Carlo. Thus, he set himself at disadvantage, starting most difficult rally of the season with new, relatively inexperienced co-driver with no time to familiarize. Also Teemu Suninen started there with former co-driver Mikko Markkula, as Jarmo Lehtinen joined Toyota's team management.

After second round of the season, Gus Greensmith split with Elliot Edmondson and teamed up with Chris Patterson. By Rally Portugal, Dani Sordo switched from Carlos del Barrio to Borja Rozada.

Also Hyundai's second-line driver Pierre-Louis Loubet parted with Vincent Landais, replacing him with Florian Haut Labourdette. Another M-Sport driver Adrien Fourmaux split with his co-driver Renaud Jamoul just shortly after Rally Acropolis and just days later Oliver Solberg parted ways with Aaron Johnston.

Katsuta Takamoto's usual co-driver Daniel Barritt hurt his back in Rally Estonia and was temporarily sidelined, so Keaton Williams stepped in.

Drivers scoring their
first win
  K. Rovanpera (Estonia)
first drivers' point
  P. Lopez (Sardinia)
  J. Solans Baldo (Sardinia)
  C. Tundo (Safari)
  K. Patel (Safari)
  O. Rai (Safari)
  A. Lukyanuk (Estonia)
  P. Cracco (Belgium)
  F. Kreim (Belgium)
  V. Verschueren (Belgium)
first stage win
  A. Fourmaux (Safari)
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