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Bourdais loses points over Massa clash 12 Oct 2008

Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR03 collides with Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Fuji Speedway, Sunday, 12 October 2008

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Bourdais has had 25 seconds added to his Japanese Grand Prix race time as penalty for making contact with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. The stewards’ decision drops Bourdais from sixth to 10th in the results and elevates Massa to seventh.

Bourdais was rejoining the race after his second pit stop on lap 50 when Massa attempted to pass around the outside at Turn One. The pair made contact, tipping the Brazilian into a spin. Massa subsequently continued, finishing in eighth place.

The penalty means Bourdais’ team mate Sebastian Vettel moves up to sixth place ahead of Massa, while Red Bull’s Mark Webber picks up a point for eighth. It also means Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead over Massa is cut to just five points.