Each season normally consists of 12 to 16 rallies driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Points from these events are calculated towards the drivers' and manufacturers' world championships. The driver's championship and manufacturer's championship are separate championships, but are based on the same point system. In the current points system, points are awarded at the end of each rally to the top ten WRC (overall), junior and production car drivers that qualify as follows: 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1. Despite how many drivers are in one team, constructors can only nominate two drivers to score points for the team as well as scoring for themselves.
Sébastien Loeb holds the record for the most drivers' championships, winning nine during his career. He also holds the record for the most championships won in a row; he won nine consecutive titles from 2004 to 2012.Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen are second with four championships each; Mäkinen won four championships in a row from 1996 to 1999. Finland has won the most titles, with 14 championships between 7 drivers. Citroën cars have won the most drivers' championships with nine titles, all of them with Loeb.