Why during heavy rain does the cockpit not fill up with water?
Dani Damaa, Lebanon
Well, the answer is that it does. In Malaysia 2009 when the storm hit and the red ag came out, the cars were so full of water that the KERS warning lights came on – the batteries and connections were ooded. We try to make electrical systems that are good for water ingress. Yes, there are little holes where water can get in and out, so it doesn’t ll up and drown the driver. But we deliberately don’t drill holes in the bottom because the airow under the car is so important.
Water entered the cockpit and flooded the cars’ batteries at the rain-drenched 2009 Malaysian GP