I don't see any slump or mini slump except for a below average race in Russia. Singapore and Suzuka were fine. Redbull were actually up there with quickest car in the race in Suzuka, in the middle stint they were easily quickest car. It was just the grid position/water spray/Williams that helped Mercs. Don't take my word for it. That's straight out of Nico Rosberg's mouth. That's the difference between this forum and the people that actually are in the paddock. I watch things with my own eyes, follow live timing.. and then these things are confirmed by people in the paddock. It makes you feel good. But then I say the same things here and it's like talking a different language (maybe I'm just baised?). I'm not talking about Redbull issues though, just in general. Rating drivers, teams pace.. everything. IMO you can learn more from listening to the commentary or driver comments for 5 mins than anything posted here. (Not trying to attack anyone personally.. just a general trend). The people in the paddock seem to value accuracy highly, where as the punters on here seem to like to have a beer, watch the race and shoot some shit.. or talk some trash.. whichever way you want to word it. It's not necessarily a bad thing..
Rosberg's comments were before the last race, which was quite average and an average pace but yeah. Riccardio's second stint was quite strong. Compared to Rosberg it was good, compared to Massa it was amazing, but maybe Massa just sucks. Look who finished top 5, all Merc engines. Just coincidence I'm sure. Spa and Monza were a huge surprise and well above expectations, despite the 'low drag' config. Singapore and Suzuka weren't too bad. Ricciardo's been the lead Redbull in terms of defining race pace, and he's been bottled up a lot lately with poor starts and traffic. In all of the last 3 races. When in clear air the pace has still been pretty strong.
Not sure I could call it a slump, but after Austin it could be. Another similar track in some ways. But with some faster corners in S1, so who knows. It's hard to predict anything certain about the pecking order because the tyre allocation seems to play a role, not just the amount of corners or straights. After all of these months McLaren are still trying to figure out why they are quick when they are quick, or slow when they are slow.