OCTOBER 26, 2000
Jordan sets his targets for 2001
A dejected Eddie Jordan has said that he will be doing everything within his grasp to help his team re-establish themselves as the third team in Formula One next year when they will be powered by Honda works engines.
Jordan ended the 1999 season in an impressive third position behind McLaren and Ferrari but after a promising start to the 2000 campaign, the Silverstone-based team ended in a lowly sixth position and failed to meet the expectations of them.
Jordan admitted that changes have to be made and he revealed that work on the 2001 car is already taking place.
"We suffered a lot of pain last year, and that is why we have already begun for next year with an interim car out in December," Jordan said.
"In order for us to compete against McLaren and Ferrari, we have had to make radical changes this year."
But Jordan isn't expecting miracles at the start of the 2001 season - because he claimed it will take time to get the best out of the new Honda power units.
"Honda has a huge reputation, a great name," he said. "But the first part of the year is to get to understand and work with each other. The target, however, stays despite the familiarization period and that is the top three."
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