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FIA opens the door for tire tests

Monday - 7/1/2013, 3:41pm  ET

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.


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