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Mercedes will run an extra second floor stay at the Canadian Grand Prix to help combat aero porpoising.

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The FIA has eased various restrictions relating to the car’s floor areas as part of a slew of modifications announced by motor racing’s governing body for the Montreal weekend to lessen car bouncing.

The FIA’s single seater technical director Nikolas Tombazis wrote to teams as part of his technical directive (TD) intervening on porpoising to advise them that extra aid from the Canadian Grand Prix was acceptable.

The goal was that the changes would aid teams in stiffening their flooring and reducing the flexing issues that have contributed to some of the aero porpoising.

Tombazis stated in his TD that teams might run a second floor stay in front of the present one for the Montreal weekend to assist bolster stiffness farther forward.

In addition, teams would be allowed an extra thickness on the top floor’s surface that might not conform to curvature or volume rules.

Detail of the Mercedes W13 floor Giorgio Piola took the photo.

Mercedes will use a second floor stay on George Russell’s car from first practice onwards, despite the fact that the teams were only aware of the revisions on Thursday.

Russell’s W13 came in the pitlane just before the session, complete with the slots for the stay.

Detail of the Mercedes W13 diffuser Giorgio Piola took the photo.

In addition to the extra stay, Mercedes has changed the angle of its rear track rod to aid with the porpoising problem.

The somewhat modified design is intended to better align the track rod with the local flow direction, allowing the car to generate greater downforce at a higher ride height.

This could help Mercedes achieve its goal of getting the automobile to produce as much power as possible without bouncing.

Giorgio Piola captured this detail of the Mercedes W13.

According to the team, the cutout should allow the fences to perform more efficiently, resulting in increased downforce in theory.

When it comes to change, Despite the risk of the trial failing and harming his form, Hamilton said he was happy to continue experimenting to assist Mercedes understand more about its car.

“You’ll notice that today, for example, we have something very extreme,” he remarked.

“It’s clearly a lot slower if it doesn’t operate because there’s less downforce.” But that is my responsibility.

“I take that responsibility seriously, and whilst yes, it’s not been ideal on some weekends, it’s often set us back because we’ve lost a session or two, that’s OK, because eventually we’ll get there, and I’m proud to be part of that process.”