More news: Hill spun while testing bridgestone tires at Suzuka, and testing had to be ended one day early. He was using a Ligier since the Arrows is not ready yet. He had already beaten the lap record for a Ligier at Suzuka by 1.5 seconds.
Auto, Motor und Sport says that both Porsche and BMW are getting back into F1. Williams with BMW, Benetton with Porsche. Both are planning on using the 1997 Renault powerplant in 1998, but then as a customer. Frank Williams is therefore pushing BMW to be ready by 1999, as otherwise he has an engine gap! Benetton is rumoured to be interested in selling the team, and so the involvement of Porsche may go deeper, but they're talking 2000. [this is paraphrazed from a paraphrazed article]