Less than two months have passed since the 2006 World Rally Championship finished, but the teams and drivers are already back in the service park ready to do it all over again.
There is no denying that the WRC was struggling last year. Not only was the field lacking entries at most events, the fact that two men shared 15 victories out of 16 events shows that it wasn't a competitive year for the championship at the sharp end.
But things are looking up for 2007. There will be more teams and drivers, and it is unlikely that Sebastien Loeb is going to get it all his own way as he gets to grips with the brand new Citroen C4.