Horner says vanity panel is a matter of choice 8 February, 2013 Stepped nose not covered on the Red Bull RB9 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner thinks ‘vanity panels’ are here to stay, as this year, the FIA has allowed designers to cover the unseemly step in the noses of current cars – which were created by an anomaly in the 2012 rules – with a non-structural laminate. Some teams bought into the idea of a smooth nose wholeheartedly for 2013, including McLaren and Ferrari. But others, notably Red Bull, Mercedes and Sauber, adopted a halfway-house solution, while the likes of Lotus and Caterham simply left the full ‘step’ on. So, with the various solutions now out of the bag, there is speculation in the Jerez test paddock this week that some teams could change their minds in the next few weeks. Referring to the so-called ‘vanity panel’, Red Bull’s Horner said: “Some teams have opted for it, some have opted for another solution. “I think that will remain the same throughout the year,” he told British broadcaster Sky. Related NewsRed Bull: A shame that we had to change the engineRed Bull: We’ve gathered a wealth of informationRed Bull secret test saga now overRed Bull: Problems cost us time on both daysRed Bull: We were running a lot of other test itemsVettel: At the moment we have bigger problems to solve than just the paceRed Bull: We know we have to catch up in a lot of areasVettel: Right now it’s impossible to have any expectationsVettel taking the Bahrain testing blows like a true championRed Bull: First an electrical problem, then an oil leak Rick They just look shit. Nuff said! AlonsoFan the redbull looks hideous and especially with that purplish *ay colour,its pathetic McLarenfan The Red Bull looks more like a Limp Bull all droopy not a thing of beauty.