- Associated Press - Monday, July 1, 2013

LONDON (AP) - Formula One’s governing body will allow in-season testing in a bid to address safety fears following several exploding tires at the British Grand Prix.

Jean Todt, the International Automobile Federation president, said in a statement on Monday that the young drivers test scheduled for July 17-19 at Silverstone would be open to all F1 drivers, although Mercedes would be excluded after it was reprimanded for holding unsanctioned tire tests in May.

Todt said the unprecedented move _ in-season testing was banned over cost concerns _ follows Sunday’s race where tires exploded on four cars including Lewis Hamilton’s and Felipe Massa’s. Todt said the incidents “represent a genuine safety concern for the drivers.”

Todt also called on tire supplier Pirelli to investigate the problem.