Good morning to all and Happy Memorial Day.
Had a good day of racing yesterday with two fantastic finishes. I feel bad for the rookie at Indy but I know one mistake he won't make again.
I have a question about how these cars are built. From Kimi Rikonen (sp?) to drivers pouring bottles of water down their suits, heat was a big story. I remember watching Ricky Rudd climb out of his car and fall to the ground exhausted and suffering from heat stroke but happy to have won. Sorry Terry but that is an Iron Man! So, let's jump.
It seems to me there are a couple of simple solutions at least for the floor boards and feet. Why can't they use heat resistant materials in the floor board area to alleviate this problem? a constuction similar to cardboard? Something like an open ended construction with a couple of layers to allow airflow that would take the heat away. More area for cooling and heat dissipation.
Pouring water down your firesuit helps for a minute but then just becomes hot water. Now your wet and hot and for me that equals more miserable. There are fantastic materials available today that make working in extreme heat or cold more comfortable. I am not sure about the drivers clothing or if anything can be done there but I am not sure I would want my driver pouring water in his suit, that just seems counter productive.
I am curious to know what others think about the heat issue and what can be done. To avoid the whole competition aspect of any affects to the aero of these cars any change could be made mandatory with the driver/team able to choose to use new technology or a counter weight to offset any difference in using some sort of cooling mechanism. I look forward to your input.