I have recently obtained a copy of the December 1996 issue of MotorSport magazine, so I have updated the first post with my own scanned copies of the relevant articles, plus added a little bit as I found stuff on Bridgestone testing (relevant as Lola ran on Bridgestone). This also signifies my slow transition from Photobucket to Imgur for hosting these images - I am glad that the images have reappeared after a Photobucket-induced hiatus, but the image stamp is annoying...MotorSport magazine, December 1996
This magazine ran a Lola feature in their December 1996 issue. I obtained a copy in late November 2018 to scan these articles, but on the magazine's website, they have archived the whole back catalogue from 1923 to 2013! So here are the links to the articles of interest:What Lola Wants, Lola Has Had To Hold On ForLola's Formula One Heritage, first pageLola's Formula One Heritage, second pageA Honda in Lola's clothing
How was Ricardo Rosset able to go four WHOLE seconds
quicker in this Bridgestone test than in qualifying at a race meeting? Was he making repeated mistakes in qually? Were the weather conditions different? Was the track more rubbered in? Was he in a different, better chassis? Was the engine mapping different? Were the tyres just that much better?
Some other teams announce their engine deals at a late date (11th November 1996). I cannot remember if it was normal practice then to announce engine deals for the following season so late? Was it to avoid promoting a different engine brand while continuing with their current engine partner during the contemporary season?
This (below) is a useful chronological timeline of Lola's history in Formula 1 in the run-up to their works entry.
It seems odd now, looking back at the works entry that carries Lola's name, that Lola actually has a race win under another entry's name!