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Mercedes has abandoned plans to run a second floor stay at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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F1 teams were urged to add a second stay to assist reinforce their floor after the FIA issued a technical directive on the eve of the Montreal weekend to help prevent porpoising.

Mercedes was the only team to go that approach, with an intermediate solution being tested on George Russell’s vehicle during Friday free practice.

Rival teams questioned whether the FIA had followed the correct procedures in permitting the extra stay to be installed, and Mercedes’ actions drew them attention.

Although the FIA has the authority to change regulations unilaterally for safety reasons, the process was not followed by the rules that were changed for the Montreal weekend.

In principle, the advisory TD’s decision to grant a second stay was in violation of the technical regulations, which limit teams to a single stay.

Some of Mercedes’ competitors feared that if the team used the stay in qualifying and the race, the team would be objected because the rules did not match the TD recommendation.

Otmar Szafnauer, the Alpine team’s principal, backed up that assessment ahead of Saturday’s track action in Montreal.

Comparison of the new Mercedes W13 floor Giorgio Piola took the photo.

“As far as the process is concerned, it’s a technical directive – and, as we all know, technical directives are not regulations,” he explained.

“It’s possible that we shouldn’t be doing this in qualifying for the race.” If teams have brought those accommodations, I’m sure they’ll be looked after and contested. As a result, the current regulation prohibits it.

“We don’t have one at all.” Unfortunately, if you do have an extra stay, you can lower and stiffen the car to gain an advantage.”

While Mercedes’ decision to run the stays could have triggered retaliation against its rivals, the team has avoided any controversy by opting not to do so for the remainder of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend due to performance concerns.

The team’s version, which was trialed in practice, did not offer the expected improvement, thus the squad has reverted to the one stay allowed under the rules.

The FIA could elect to push through a formal change to the regulations for the next race at Silverstone to explicitly allow the second stays, with a World Motor Sport Council meeting scheduled prior to the British Grand Prix that could rubber stamp rules tweaks.