Maldo, well, if you have watched this season, you would see he respects Alonso. So I think he gets the big picture..
But he gave him hard time in China. First he forced Alonso to run out of the track during his overtaking attempt. Then, when Alonso overtook him, he regained the place due to brave late braking into the hairpin. He did all of this despite the fact Fernando had fresher tyres. If it was a more hot-headed driver in place of Alonso then, it could result with (another) crash.
No way Maldonado will back off. Williams still hope to catch FI in WCC and maximising the result in this race is basically their last chance.
No. It's Abu Dhabi and Hamilton is half a second faster than everyone else (including Vettel).
He was also faster than everyone else in Singapore. Knowing Hamilton's luck this season, it's possible something simillar will happen again.