Fifth place for Audi in qualifying in Bahrain
- Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer on third row
- Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen to start from position 13
- Audi Sport Team Joest is preparing new R18 e-tron quattro
Audi is dealing with a race before the race in round seven of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain. While Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer in car number 2 achieved fifth place in qualifying, Audi Sport Team Joest was simultaneously preparing car number one again from scratch. Following the first day of practice on the Bahrain International Circuit, Audi Sport Team Joest had discovered monocoque damage on the race car of Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen late on Thursday night. As a result, the trio was unable to participate in either the third free practice or in qualifying but will be admitted to start the race.