Petrov & Heidfeld pose outside the MCGRenault’s driving pairing of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov paid a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to meet with Hawthorn Australian Rules Football (AFL) players Buddy Franklin and Josh Gibson.

With neither having played AFL – which, for the uninitiated, is an extremely fast-paced game where height and speed are a huge plus – the challenges Vitaly and Nick would face were not to be underestimated. Particularly for Nick, who at just 163cm tall is about a foot shorter than Franklin!

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The drivers meet Hawthorn players Buddy Franklin & Josh Gibson Waiting for a high kick
Heidfeld learns the intricacies of Australian Rules Football from Franklin and Gibson Nick and Vitaly gear up to take a high mark

The boys joust with the players to 'mark' a high kick 

Heidfeld with his AFL ball
It would seem Nick and Vitaly are far too short to pursue a second career in AFL! Heidfeld gears up to have a kick

[Images via the Australian Grand Prix]

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