About the rally
One of the founding rounds from the championship’s beginning in 1973, Italy’s WRC counter was formerly a mixed surface event based in Sanremo before it moved to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia in 2004.
Fast but narrow stages lined with bushes, trees or rocks on the edge leave no room for error, while the hard-base roads are covered by a sandy surface which is swept away during the first pass to leave rougher and rutted conditions for the second run.
Adding to the challenge are the temperatures, which can exceed 30°C. It will be uncomfortable in the cars with higher-than-normal stress on engines and transmissions.
Sébastiens Loeb and Ogier top the roll of honour and have won the event four times in its current format (since it moved to Sardinia in 2004).