Fernando Alonso has suggested that it is good that McLaren is “overconfident” amid the fight for fourth place in the Constructors' Championship.
Just 11 points separates Aston Martin and McLaren in the standings with the latter showcasing strong performances in recent weeks.
McLaren scored back-to-back double podiums in Japan and Qatar to narrow the gap to Aston Martin, whose form has slipped away at recent events.
The Silverstone-based squad started the season on a strong foot, scoring six podiums in the opening eight races with Alonso.
Recently, McLaren's Lando Norris expressed conviction that the team could emerge on top in the fight.
Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com, Alonso has said that Aston Martin can benefit from their rivals having too much confidence.
“Obviously they have the momentum for sure,” Alonso said. “And they've been quite fast.
“But every weekend we see up and downs for everybody.
“They've been very strong before the August break in Austria, in Silverstone. I think they were close to being both on the podium in Silverstone.
”In Zandvoort, we were on the podium and they struggled a little bit. So, it's good if they're overconfident, and let's see if we can beat them in Abu Dhabi!”