Here’s what we know about this year’s World Rally Championship: Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier is probably going to defend his title by a comfortable margin. Here’s what we don’t know: just about everything else.

The WRC, which kicks off in Monte Carlo early on Thursday January 16, has undergone the biggest set of off-season changes for at least a decade. There’s a new manufacturer, and two of the three established teams have all-new driver line-ups featuring a number of fresh new talents. It’s created a lot of questions about the season ahead – except at one team.

Because after a winter of change, one team has been an oasis of calm. That would be Volkswagen, the team that won it all last year. It retains reigning champ Ogier, rapid team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala and rising star Andreas Mikkelsen. It has the best all-round driver in Ogier, arguably the best car in the Polo R WRC, and some of the best funding.