Sunday saw Red Bull Racing claim their seventh pole position of the year, and Sebastian Vettel's nine win of 2013 - and his fifth victory in a row, marking out a new period of dominance for both team and driver reminiscent of their storming 2011 championship performance, even though it's only the second time this season that the they have succeeded in a 1-2 lockout of the top steps of the podium.

No wonder, then, that team principal Christian Horner wasn't remotely unhappy or bothered about not quite being able to wrap up the drivers title in Japan this weekend, despite Vettel's win.

"I don't think there's any disappointment!" he said, laughing at the very suggestion, adding wryly: "We're gutted to have achieved a one-two finish in one of the best races strategically and operationally we've ever operated!"

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Winning the drivers championship this weekend was always an outside bet, with Fernando Alonso able to block the bid just by finishing eighth or higher which he did in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. It means that the title battle will likely be decided in the next race in India where, simply finishing fifth or higher will seal the deal.

"I will race there with winning on my mind," said Vettel, for the first time this season acknowledging that the title is imminent and within his reach. Not that he felt there was anything remotely simple about finishing fifth in any race that should be taken for granted.

"Why is it that people always underestimate races?" he asked. "Nothing is easy, not even P5, and nothing comes for free. There is always a huge amount of work involved. And it is never our style to say, 'Well let's focus on finishing fifth.' We always attack as much as we can, it is in the DNA of the team."

"The championships will take care of themselves," agreed Horner, adding that they had come to Japan with one aim in mind: to win the race, which they had in style.

"We'll go to India and we'll attack that weekend as we have here," Horner said. "If we score more points than the others we'll win the championship. "There's no disappointment at all in any single member of this team [about not wrapping it up in Japan this weekend.]"

Deferring the confirmation of Vettel's fourth consecutive championship means that it's quite possible that India will see a double crowning, with Red Bull likely to clinch the constructors title at the same time.

For that, Red Bull need to have a fully committed Mark Webber, who despite finishing second on Sunday appeared a little disgruntled with the team putting him on a three-stop strategy for the race after Lotus' Romain Grosjean took an early lead, which allowed team mate Sebastian Vettel to leapfrog him and claim the win.

"I was trying to beat Romain on a two [stop strategy] and then, all of a sudden, we've decided to do the three," Webber told reporters in parc ferm? after the race, confirming it hadn't been his call. "I was a little bit surprised [and] asked was it the right thing to do.

"The three was not absolutely ridiculous, but it's a bit more high risk and you've got to clear people [on the track]," he added. "In the end Seb did a good race [and his] strategy worked out perfect [for him.]"

But Horner refuted the suggestion that the team might have possibly compromised Webber's race in order to advantage Vettel, saying that Webber's early battle for the lead with Grosjean had led to more tyre degradation than expected and forced the shift to a three-stop approach for the rest of the afternoon.

"He'd run out of tyres by the lap that he pitted on, pretty early in the race, which was too short in our own minds to make a two-stop really work because you'd effectively run out of tyres in that last stint," said Horner, who also pointed out that by splitting strategies between Vettel and Webber it meant more pressure being applied to Lotus.

"[It] puts Lotus in a difficult position because which car do they cover, so effectively you've got a bit of a chess game going on strategically. But with the benefit of clear air, Mark was able to run at a very quick pace," he said. Horner added that it was Vettel's ability to go five laps longer in the middle stint without losing pace was what turned turned the race in his favour, especially when Webber once again found himself stuck behind Grosjean for a number of laps.

"Unfortunately he didn't go past Grosjean too quickly [and] that killed off any chance he had of winning the race," said Horner. "But it was great to see him make the move on Grosjean and absolutely fantastic for the team to get a one-two finish."

Horner revealed that there had been no team orders prohibiting a proper battle between Vettel and Webber at Suzuka. "It was crucial and we discussed it before the race that the drivers were free to race each other today," he confirmed.

"At one point in the race it looked like Grosjean, if he held Sebastian up, they would both come up and Mark would be on the better tyre at that point and have the better chance of winning," Horner explained. "But Sebastian making the move early and quickly and getting past Grosjean and building a bit of a lead was again critical for his race.

"Seb had DRS when he passed Grosjean. Mark missed it on one lap because he pushed the button too early," Horner added. "We noticed there was one lap where Mark got right in the slipstream but because he pushed the button too early the flap didn't open, so he didn't get the benefit on that lap."

Overall, Horner seemed well content with the state of affairs in his Red Bull world as the team packed up and left Japan.

And unless something goes very wrong indeed in the meantime, the celebrations in the team garage in two weeks time in India should be off the scale, if both championships do indeed come to a conclusion at Buddh International Circuit on October 27 as now seems inevitable.