Vettel in the groove, but don't mention Bieber

Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:39am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

GREATER NOIDA, India (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel may look like Justin Bieber, and there are plenty of websites offering photo comparisons of the two, but Red Bull's Formula One world champion is clearly not a 'Belieber'.

The 26-year-old German stressed, after taking pole position on Saturday for an Indian Grand Prix that should secure him a fourth successive title, that the Canadian teen pop sensation would not be featuring on his pre-race playlist.

"It's music, yes, but it's more like melodies. No singing. So no Justin Bieber," Vettel told reporters when asked what he listened to before qualifying and the race to get properly psyched up.

"I think that was on your iPod," he added, looking at compatriot Nico Rosberg - whose youthful blond locks earned him the paddock nickname years ago of 'Britney' after U.S. singer Britney Spears.

"In the end, it's not a secret, it's just music that gets me or tries to get me in the zone so that I hopefully get the best out of myself."

Rosberg, who qualified second for Mercedes, had mischievously brought Bieber into the conversation by suggesting, before Vettel could reply to the reporter's question: "Didn't you say Justin Bieber last time? No?".

Lookalike fans had a field day in Singapore when Bieber, who has appeared in racing overalls in the past, held a concert the day after Vettel's victory there.

Vettel has won both of the previous two Indian Grands Prix and need finish only fifth to clinch the title with four races to spare.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends a news conference after the qualifying session of the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 26, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood