@Kingshark Pat Fry didn’t design the F10. He joined the team in July 2010. I don’t remember the 2010 car being especially good in the wet though – it’s never really been groundbreaking in that department IMO. Especially looking at a race such as Korea 2010, which is just about the only race the full wets were used, they were getting canned by a second a lap by the Red Bull ahead (Vettel – who is no wet weather slouch himself)
2011, the only wet races were Canada and Hungary. Alonso kept spinning in Hungary, and spun out of the race in a sort-of 50-50 incident with Button.
So it’s a pattern that’s only emerged in 2012, rather than 2010 or 2011.
Actually – it’s ironic you use the term racing boats. Newey is actually (I believe) a racewinning racing boat designer. (He designs racing boats as another hobby outside of F1)
Based on some number crunching and data processing I did (on FP, quali and race data) the advantage the Ferrari had in the wet in Malaysia (which, to be fair, the Sauber was doing too) was that in the wet tyres on the long run they could maintain front tyre heat, whereas the other teams could keep it for a few laps and then their fronts would cool down.
Has to be seen if that trend still is around though. The last competing wet session IIRC was Hockenheim qualifying. Alonso had fresh wets (something he also did in Silverstone, for some odd reason) Vettel had old wets AND made a mistake – and it was still a close run thing for pole.