Even before the pandemic, the 2020 World Rally Championship had a very different look and feel compared with 2019, not least because the defending champion's first name was not Sebastien. The last time that such a thing happened was way back in 2003.
Ott Tanak had claimed the title on behalf of all non-Sebastiens at the wheel of a Toyota Yaris in 2019 but, when he returned to action three months later, it was at the wheel of a Hyundai i20.
Toyota was meanwhile able to secure itself a Sebastien: six-time champion Ogier, whose return to Citroen in 2019 had brought about the end of his unbroken run of titles. The Frenchman would be joined by reliable British points-scorer Elfyn Evans and the stellar teenage talents of Kalle Rovanpera.