SUZUKA, October 5- Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team boss Christian Horner have pledged the drivers title fight will go to the wire after the German tyro claimed victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.Vettel, who grabbed his third win of the season and fourth of his career with a dominant performance after starting from pole position, said the triumph had reinforced his dream that he can lift the championship.
The 22-year-old’s win enabled him to cut Jenson Button’s lead over him to 16 points with two races left.
Before the weekend, he trailed the Briton by 25 points. Button’s Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello remains the Englishman’s biggest threat as he is 14 points behind.
Vettel, like Barrichello, is hoping history can repeat itself and that he can produce an unlikely pair of victories in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, with Button failing to score the six points he needs to confirm the title.
Vettel said he approached Suzuka knowing it was "win or bust".
Now he believes, as Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari did two years ago, that anything can happen.
The Finn was 18 points behind with two races remaining, but won both to take the title away from Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes.
"To be honest, this last weekend, it was pretty straightforward: win here or that’s it," he said.
"So we took all risk and maximum attack and in the end it all paid off. Obviously now looking at the championship it looks better, but still it is a big gap.
"But we have seen, especially two years ago, anything can happen and anything is possible still. I think we have to do exactly the same in the next two races and then you know we will see what the others are doing.
"I never stopped dreaming about the title. I said before it is a great honour and a great pleasure to drive these cars many times in the season on a Sunday.
"But the most important is the challenge. We want to find out who is the best and the best over a whole season. The ultimate target is to win the championship. That is why I am here and I think why we are doing this."
Vettel added that it was a massive boost for him that Button finished eighth and scored only one point.
"It’s definitely important and in the end every win is nice."
His success in winning was praised by Red Bull boss Horner.
"Sebastian’s driven brilliantly well all weekend and he looked he enjoyed himself out there," he said.
"He was dominant since we arrived on Friday morning. He was absolutely faultless, and he was on it from start to finish. I’m delighted for him and happy for the team."
And Horner said he believed a title challenge was still possible.
"Kimi (Raikkonen) came from further back two years ago," he said.
"We admittedly only have one eye on the championship — our goal is to win both the races — and the focus is about trying to put the pressure back on Brawn, Jenson and Rubens.
"We’re now 16 points away and we were 25, so it’s a better chance than it was.
"We have to go and attack them now and do what we did here and win the race in Brazil and hopefully take the championship into the final race in Abu Dhabi. All we can do is win and then see where it takes us."