Just to say before you read this article the drivers are not ranked because it would be wrong to do so, however you can choose who you think is the best WRC driver in the comments section.
Winning the World Rally Championship in 1995, McRae was certainly one of the best drivers of all time, winning 25 Rallies across a 19 year career racing for Subaru, Ford, Skoda and Citroen. Having died in a helicopter crash in 2007, and his career was still ongoing, you start to think what might have been, but we can definitely say the McRae was one of the greatest rally drivers of all time.
If your a mathy person, then you would think that Sebastien Loeb is the great WRC driver in the world. Winning 9 World Rally Championships, 78 Rallies and an eye-staggering 900 stage wins, the Frenchman is an obvious candidate for this title. Having now retired, his former team-mate and fellow Frenchman Sebastian Ogier has now become the new Loeb, but in my opinion there was something about Loeb's driving style that made him so unique and special.
No, not the young Spaniard racing for Toro Rosso in F1, his father, Carlos Sainz. Racing from 1987 to 2005 he won two World Championships in 1990 and 1992 along with 26 Rally wins and 757 stage wins, Sainz Sr. raced for some of the biggest names in rallying, including: Toyota, Lancia, Ford, Subaru and Citroen. He won both of his titles in Toyota.
Surely the current reigning champion has a shout? Some fans of WRC may say that Ogier just had the right cars at the right time but you cannot win four world championships in a row and not be good. He has won 485 stages and 39 rallies in his career and is currently leading the current World Rally Championship three rallies in.
Makinen is one of the most successful WRC drivers of all time, winning four consecutive World Championships from 1996-1999, winning all of them in his Mitsubishi. He has also won 24 rallies and is probably the joint most successful "Flying Finn" In WRC with Juha Kankkunen.
Kankkunen raced in 1979, from 1982-2002 and then again for Rally Finland in 2010. He won four World Championships in 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1993, one in a Peugeot, two in a Lancia and one in a Toyota. After Kankkunen retired in 2002 he went on to set the world record for top speed on ice in a Bentley Continental reaching 206mph. Kankkunen returned to WRC for one final time in the 2010 Rally Finland to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the event. At just over 51 years old, Kankkunen finished an impressive 8th, beating many WRC regulars.
Having raced from 1998-2012 in WRC, Petter Solberg is the best Norwegian driver ever to race in WRC. He won the Championship in 2003 in his Subaru. After WRC Solberg won the FIA World Rallycross Championship two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, the first two years of the event.
Active from 1980 to 1994, you could say that Biason was one of the best drivers in the golden age of WRC. Winning the Championship twice in 1988 and 1989 in his Lancia. He also won 17 Rallies and 373 stage wins. After WRC he won the World Truck Championship twice in 1998 and 1999.
Winning the Championship in 1980 and 1982, Rohrl is one of the founding fathers of WRC's golden age. Racing from 1973-1987, Rohrl won 14 Rallies and 420 stages. He raced for Porsche, Opel, Fiat, Audi and Lancia through his career.
Last, but not least, is our third Finn Marcos Gronholm. He raced from 1989-2007, then partly again in 2009 and 2010. He won two world championship titles in 2000 and 2002 for Peugeot. He won 30 rallies and 542 stages.