Bernie Ecclestone met the British media this week at a launch of a new sponsorship agreement with F1 management, leaving a few attractive headlines in his wake. The best of them was his prediction that by season's end, Lewis Hamilton would leave McLaren
. It's not a revolutionary suggestion, and of course not everything Ecclestone says is gospel, however the fissures in the bond between the team and its (former?) favorite son began to appear a long time ago.