Nick Heidfeld is recovering at home after an operation to aid his breathing was successfully carried out in Germany.

The Sauber driver had complained of difficulty in breathing whilst driving on several occasions during the past year, and was pointed in the direction of nostril surgery to ease the problem.

According to a quote from Heidfeld's manager, which appeared in the German magazine Blick this week, the driver has had his nostrils enlarged and will be out of action for up to a month while doctors check that the procedure has been successful.

Meanwhile, new team-mate Felipe Massa was reported as lucky to escape this week's tragedy in Switzerland, having passed through the St Gotthard tunnel only minutes before the accident and fireball which claimed at least ten victims.

Massa had been on his way to Sauber's Hinwil factory from his Italian base, prior to assuming his role as Kimi Raikkonen's replacement. He is expected to begin testing with the team when the ban on running is lifted early in the New Year.

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