It’s been just six weeks since Sébastien Ogier clinched his seventh FIA World Rally Championship title in a dramatic final-round showdown with his Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans at Rally Monza.
Now, Ogier will begin the defence of his crown in the French Alps at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo – the opening round of the 2021 season.
Red Bull TV will be bringing the WRC back to your screens on-demand during what promises to be another action-packed weekend.
Monte: The Challenge
Rallye Monte-Carlo is the oldest event on the WRC calendar, celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. It’s also the most famous rally in the world – partly because of the glamour associated with its finish location in the Principality, but perhaps more so because of the scale of the challenge each year.
It’s the unpredictable weather conditions that make the Monte so notoriously tough. The asphalt roads can be dry, wet, icy or covered in snow: sometimes all in a single stage.
As a result, tyre choice can be particularly tricky. This year the drivers will also be getting to grips with new rubber from Pirelli, which returns as the sole supplier to the WRC.
Much of this year’s route is new compared to 2020. The schedule also has a different look to usual: An evening curfew in place across France means there will be no late-night stages, but some will start before dawn.
New roads or old, nobody knows them better than Ogier: He was born in the town of Gap where the rally is based. He had a streak of six consecutive wins ended last year by Thierry Neuville, and will be keen for revenge and to take a record-breaking eighth Monte victory.
Both Ogier and Evans are now more at home in their Toyotas after one season, as is their precocious team-mate Kalle Rovanperä. The same applies to Neuville’s Hyundai team-mate Ott Tänak, whose enormous crash made headlines one year ago. The biggest off-season change affects Neuville, who will start the Monte with a new co-driver he recruited only last week.
Tune in with Red Bull TV – wherever you’re online
Rallye Monte-Carlo begins on Thursday afternoon, and Red Bull TV will be on air every evening through until Sunday to bring you the best of the action.
Fresh from the Dakar Rally, Red Bull TV host Mike Chen will be joined by an expert guest from the WRC to provide insight and analysis from the service park.
Every broadcast is available on demand to watch at any time, wherever you’re connected on redbull.tv or via the app.
Red Bull TV Broadcast Schedule: Monte-Carlo
Preview show: Thursday 21 January, 19:00 local time (CET)
Highlights show: Friday 22 January, 22:00 local time (CET)
Highlights show: Saturday 23 January, 22:00 local time (CET)
Highlights show: Sunday 24 January, 22:00 local time (CET)
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