While the Belgian driver enjoyed a problem-free race, other championship contenders had a more eventful afternoon. Guenther, who’d dominated the series in the first few rounds fell right down the order to 21st after contact at the start with Antonio Felix da Costa and Neel Jani, while Wehrlein had battled into fourth by lap two.
An opportunistic move by the German late in the race on Oliver Rowland, who’d made a strong start to put himself in podium contention, and Jani kept his title hopes alive, slipping down the inside of both with four laps remaining.
Vandoorne’s win puts him first in the standings, with Wehrlein moving clear of Guenther. The BMW i Andretti driver’s miserable race means he is now 32 points off of the leader.
Jorge Lorenzo took victory in the MotoGP Virtual GP series with Yamaha, winning on his virtual return to Silverstone over Tito Rabat and Fabio Quartararo.
Lorenzo lost the lead to Quartararo straight away at the start and was then taken out by Takaaki Nakagami in Turn Two.
The Japanese rider took the lead coming onto the Hangar Straight after contact with the Petronas Yamaha man, leaving both Lorenzo and Quartararo to fight their way back to the front.
Nakagami retained the lead for five laps until an error on the brakes at The Loop resulted in a fall and gave the lead of the race to Rabat.
Lorenzo was the man behind having recovered from his opening lap fall, and pressured the Spaniard for the lead. Eventually, the Yamaha rider took the lead and didn’t look back, winning the Virtual British GP by 2.5sec, as Quartararo battled back to make the podium in third.