By Edd Straw and Matt Beer Sunday, October 12th 2008, 07:46 GMT
Sebastien Bourdais has received a 25-second post-race penalty for his tangle with Felipe Massa in the Japanese Grand Prix.
The stewards' decision drops Bourdais from sixth to 10th in the race results - and also affects the title battle as it elevates Massa to seventh and therefore reduces Lewis Hamilton's championship advantage to five points.
Bourdais had been rejoining after his second pitstop on lap 50 just as Massa, who had yet to stop, turned into the first corner.
The Ferrari attempted to pass the Toro Rosso around the outside, but they made contact, sending Massa spinning. He rejoined and ultimately finished eighth.
The penalty moves Bourdais' teammate Sebastian Vettel up to sixth ahead of Massa, and gives Red Bull's Mark Webber a point for eighth place.