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....
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