The World Rally Championship (WRC) was created in 1973 by the International Automobile Federation (FIA). The title of world champion of constructor rallies was awarded as early as 1973. Both the drivers championship and the co-drivers championship were created in 1979.
From the Hautes-Alpes region to the hills above Nice, the world's oldest rally is raced on the magnificent roads of the south of France. The main difficulty is the weather, which can be unpredictable at this time of year.
Round 2 : Rally Sweden (14 - 17 February)
Although raced on icy ground, Rally Sweden is one of the fastest of the season thanks to the grip provided by studded tyres. While drivers can "lean" on walls of hardened snow, it is also easy to get stuck in them...
Round 3 : Rally Mexico (7 - 10 March)
With numerous mountain roads and a fantastic atmosphere, Rally Mexico has over the years become a WRC classic.
Round 4 : Tour de Corse (28 - 31 March)
In the calendar of the FIA WRC events since 2015, the Tour de Corse is a race mostly on asphalt. The rally makes us discover the beautiful landscapes of the "Island of beauty".
Round 5 : Rally Argentina (25 - 28 April)
Appreciated for its beautiful landscapes and the ambience created by the motorsport "aficionados", Rally Argentina is the fifth leg in the FIA World Championship.
Round 6 : Rally Chile (9 - 12 May)
With its main roads in the gravel, this new WRC event has many surprises for us.
Round 7 : Rally Portugal (30 May - 2 June)
With plenty of gravel and a strong dose of spectacle, Rally de Portugal is without a doubt one of the most popular events of the season.
Round 8 : Rally Italia Sardegna (13 - 16 June)
The fast and narrow roads, lined with shrubs, trees and stones, leave absolutely no room for error on the part of drivers racing in Sardinia.
Round 9 : Rally Finland (1 - 4 August)
Fast and highly technical, the emblematic Rally Finland is one of the year's most difficult, where no co-driver errors are tolerated.
Round 10 : Rally Deutschland (22 - 25 August)
Seen as the most difficult asphalt race of the end of the season, Rally Deutschland and its unpredictable weather conditions make choosing the right tyres a tough task.
Round 11 : Rally Turkey (12 - 15 September)
At the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and on the mountain roads, the WRC competitors will face the "rough" ground of the rally mainly in gravel.
Round 12 : Wales Rally GB (3 - 6 October)
Wales Rally GB is generally a cold, wet and foggy event, which makes it a consistently fascinating spectacle.
Round 13 : Rally RACC - Rally de Espana (24 - 27 October)
With two days on asphalt and one day of specials on gravel, Rally de España is a singular event that imposes a particular driving style on the teams.
Round 14 : Rally Australia (14 - 17 November)
Rally Australia is clearly the most "exotic" of the season, holding plenty of surprises for the drivers. It is the last round of the 2019 season.