"I'm happy for Pastor - he's taken a lot of heat throughout the year, he's obviously a talented young man" Hamilton insisted, adding: "It's great to see Williams do so well. Hope they have a strong race.
"As long as we get a good start, I think things will be in a good position," he said. "The aim is to have a good start because overtaking is difficult here and defending so much easier."
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh echoed his driver's thoughts: "I hope we make a clean start," he said. "Lewis will be looking to win, of course, and as long as he gets a clean start there's no reason why he shouldn't do just that."
Weighing far more heavily on Hamilton's mind was tyre degradation, especially in the hot and humid conditions of the Singapore night time which were a challenge in themselves.
"It's roasting," confirmed Hamilton. "It's 30-something degrees and the humidity is high, we're in these thermal long tops [fire]suit on and balaclava, we're sweating like crazy. I'm drinking four or five litres a day or something silly like that. The race is going to be tough."
As for Maldonado, he was already looking further down the line in the race at where it might be possible to gain some positions:
I think it's possible to overtake here, especially because of the big tyre degradation there will be tomorrow," the Williams driver said. "It's not going to be very easy, but there are a couple of places."