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Heidfeld plays driving instructor in Valencia 04 May 2005

Nick Heidfeld (GER) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Imola, Italy, 23 April 2005

Tennis stars Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Andrew Murray completed their first driving lesson in a racing car on Wednesday, with Williams’ Nick Heidfeld as their instructor. The roles will be reversed later this week in a charity tennis match.

At the famous Valencia circuit, Heidfeld taught the pair how to handle a 140bhp Formula BMW single-seater. "I think both of them had plenty of fun today,” said the German driver afterwards.

"A great experience," was the verdict of Sanchez. "The low seating position, the confined cockpit and the limited field of vision is so different to driving on the road. Now I have some idea of what Nick experiences when competing in Formula One."

On Thursday, Heidfeld will get the chance to demonstrate his prowess on the tennis court as several of the Formula One drivers pair up with multiple Grand Slam winner Sanchez, Murray and other tennis stars in a charity doubles tournament, in aid of the Northampton Intensive Care Unit.

Among the drivers taking part will be Mark Webber, Antonio Pizzonia, Giancarlo Fisichella, Marc Gene, Christian Klien, Felipe Massa, Jacques Villeneuve and Alexander Wurz. Matches will take place from 0900 to 1200 hours at the Open Club Sanchez-Casal in Barcelona.