Jean-Eric Vergne has been handed a three-place grid penalty following his incident with Bruno Senna in Q1 at Suzuka.
Senna was angry after the Toro Rosso driver did not get out his way going into the chicane at the end of the first qualifying segment.
The stewards determined that Vergne, who had qualified in 17th, was at fault.
"I saw Bruno was coming very quickly and unfortunately he caught me at the chicane where there is not much room," said Vergne.
"But I knew I had to let him past and moved as much to the outside as I could, even though I knew I would not be in the best position to come out of the corner.
"After that, he slowed a lot and I had to pass him again on the straight, otherwise I would not have set a proper time."