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The rift between Ferrari and the rest of Formula One was laid bare on Friday when only the World Champions turned up for a meeting to discuss rule changes and the sport's long-term future.
With nine of the 10 teams absent, Ferrari boss Jean Todt, technical director Ross Brawn and International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley spent two hours deliberating alone.
Mosley said it had nonetheless been a worthwhile exercise and another meeting had been scheduled for April 15 in Paris, when he hoped the others would attend. He suggested with a smile that they had stayed away more out of pique than anything else.
"I think there is an element of sulking at the moment," he told reporters. "It's a question of whether they are still sulking after Bahrain."
The nine teams, at odds with Ferrari over their refusal to restrict testing as well as their decision to break ranks with other carmakers who are planning for a rival series from 2008, had asked for the meeting to be postponed until after the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 3.
Many also feel increasingly that the world body favours Ferrari, the only team to have been in the Championship since the beginning in 1950.
The FIA however insisted that the talks, to discuss cost-cutting measures that might be introduced for 2008 and possibly earlier, must proceed as planned since any changes had to be agreed by the end of this year and they could not afford to waste time.
"We gleaned a great deal of useful information today, probably more than if we'd had the other teams here," said Mosley.