Letter: Branson and F1

Sir: I have immense admiration for Richard Branson and am as opposed to tobacco advertising as he is, but instead of blindly criticising Tony Blair's decision ("Keep your promises or lose my backing", 13 November), he should recognise it for what it is: harsh but pragmatic.

Formula One should not be given exemption for all time from a ban on tobacco sponsorship; it should be given, say, three years to find alternative sponsors. Richard Branson has the means to sponsor Formula One himself; he should put his immense wealth where his well-intentioned mouth is.