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Last Updated: Monday, 19 January, 2004, 22:17 GMT
Teams threaten Euro boycott
Max Mosley (right) talks with Renault's Flavio Briatore
Max Mosley (right) has already had talks with Renault's Flavio Briatore
Formula One bosses are considering boycotting races in Europe, including Great Britain, over new EU-wide rules relating to death on the track.

Arrest warrants could be used against team chiefs in the case of fatalities, but they want guarantees from governments that they will be exempt.

"This is a matter of serious concern," said FIA president Max Mosley.

"We will continue to talk with the various EU governments and the European Commission to try and resolve it."

Teams bosses do not want a repeat of the on-going legal process following the death of Brazil's three-time former world champion Ayrton Senna at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy, almost 10 years ago.

Williams technical director Patrick Head and former chief designer Adrian Newey were acquitted of manslaughter after a trial in Bologna in 1997.

The verdict was upheld on appeal in 1999 but they were told last year that they face a new appeal court hearing into Senna's accident.

Eight EU member states have implemented the law while the seven remaining members - including France, Germany and Italy, who host two races - have pledged to implement the legislation by March.

The British Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on 11 July.

BBC Sport's Jonathan Legard
"Legal proceedings surrounding Senna's death are a concern"

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