Kvyat hit Vettel going in to Turn 2 on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix, with Vettel then making contact with Daniel Ricciardo. The Ferrari driver lifted in Turn 3 fearing he had damage to his car and Kvyat said he couldn't avoid Vettel as a result.
When it was put to Arrivabene that Kvyat claimed Vettel had slowed, the Ferrari team principal replied: "Of course, he hit him! What does he have to do, fly?"
And Arrivabene says it makes no difference if Vettel had damage on his car or not following the first collision.
"Mentioning the telemetry I think is not the right way to look at the situation. I understand to be intelligent but we have to be smart sometimes, if you look at the images it’s quite clear.
"Sebastian said he touched him one time at the beginning and then the second time was quite hard. Of course, if you have a crash like this you slow down. That doesn’t mean because you slow down that you have to hit him another time! We don’t need the telemetry to understand that.
"I promised to all of you since the first time I started working here to be transparent and honest. Last time, in China, I was not complaining about Kvyat. I said Kvyat had done his job. This time I can’t find any reason for what’s happened."