The 2021 FIA World Rally Championship is the forty-ninth season of the World Rally Championship, an auto racing competition recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) as the highest class of international rallying. Teams and crews are competing in twelve rallies for the World Rally Championships for Drivers, Co-drivers, Teams and Manufacturers. Crews are free to compete in cars complying with Rally1 and Rally2 regulations; however, only manufacturers competing with Rally1 cars homologated under regulations introduced in 2017 are eligible to score points in the Manufacturers' championship. The championship is due to begin in January 2021 with the Rallye Monte-Carlo and conclude in November 2021 with Rally Japan. The series are be supported by the World Rally Championship-2 and World Rally Championship-3 categories at every round of the championship and by the Junior World Rally Championship at selected events.Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are the reigning drivers' and co-drivers' champions, having secured their seventh championship titles at the 2020 Rally Monza. Hyundai are the reigning manufacturers' champions and are defending their manufacturers' title for the second consecutive year. After the second round, Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen lead drivers' and co-drivers' championships by four points ahead of Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe. Reigning drivers' and co-drivers' champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are third, another four points behind. In the manufacturers' championship, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT holds an eleven-point lead over reigning manufacturer champion Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT, with M-Sport Ford WRT in third.