Motor Racing: Hill calls for more power

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DAMON HILL has called for more power from his engine suppliers, Honda, so that his Jordan team can mount a serious world championship challenge this season.

Hill, who gave Jordan their first victory in last year's Belgian Grand Prix, said that the team can only gain podium finishes if the engine is improved.

"The engine is good, but I doubt it is the best engine in Formula One right now," Hill said. "I think it can be. It is just a small step away. But it is Honda's decision whether it wants to put all its eggs into one basket and give us the push we need."

Britain's former world champion added that the new Jordan, which he tested in Barcelona recently, could give him an excellent chance of making a successful start. "It was immediately obvious that this chassis package was a great deal better than last year," he said. "The car is quite quick, but we all want more because we know that there's a huge difference between being numero uno and one of the rest." The championship starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 7 March.