The magic number for Sebastian Vettel is five. Winning at Suzuka on Sunday extended the German's winning streak to five races. He joins truly great company -- only legends Michael Schumacher, Alber...

The magic number for Sebastian Vettel is five.

Winning at Suzuka on Sunday extended the German's winning streak to five races.

He joins truly great company -- only legends Michael Schumacher, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell have also won five grands prix on the trot.

But winning on Sunday was not quite enough to seal Vettel's fourth world title.

Because Fernando Alonso finished fourth, not ninth, the Spaniard's mathematical chances remain alive for at least another race, in India in two weeks.

But all Vettel has to do in India is revert to the magic number 5, even if Ferrari's Alonso wins that race, and also the following races in Abu Dhabi, Austin and Brazil.

Fifth place for the dominant Red Bull will mean Alonso can no longer chase down Vettel, 26, in the points standings.

"It looks very good at this stage," Vettel admitted on the Suzuka podium, "but it's not over until it's over."

Alonso, however, has conceded defeat.

"We have different goals now," said the Spaniard.

"Today they told me I have the record for the most amount of points in F1 history, so it's a happy day," added Alonso, referring to the record formerly held by Michael Schumacher.

If it was possible to rub some sheen off Vettel's winning streak, it was suggestions Red Bull deliberately disadvantaged pole sitter Mark Webber by putting him on a different three-stop strategy in Japan.

Team boss Christian Horner denied that. "Mark's tyres didn't last as long as Seb's," he explained simply.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 53 1:26:49.301 2 25
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 53 +7.1 secs 1 18
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 53 +9.9 secs 4 15
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 +45.6 secs 8 12
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 53 +47.3 secs 9 10
6 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 53 +51.6 secs 7 8
7 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 53 +71.6 secs 14 6
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 +72.0 secs 6 4
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +80.8 secs 10 2
10 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +89.2 secs 5 1
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 53 +98.5 secs 12  
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 17  
13 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16  
14 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 22  
15 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 11  
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 52 +1 Lap 15  
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 52 +1 Lap 13  
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 52 +1 Lap 20  
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 18  
Ret 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 7 Puncture damage 3  
Ret 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 0 Accident 19  
Ret 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 0 Accident 21

Note - Bianchi and Pic qualified 22nd and 20th respectively, but had 10-place grid penalties after accumulating three stewards' reprimands. Sutil qualified 17th but had 5-place penalty for a gearbox change

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The magic number is five - 2013 Japanese Grand Prix [RESULTS]