Constructions of the mechanical-bearingless centrifugal blood pumps utilize different types of non-contact physical bearings, which allows to balance the forces that have an impact on the pump impeller, stabilizing its position in the pump house without wall contact. The paper presents investigations of the hybrid (passive magnetic bearings and hydrodynamic bearings) suspension system for the centrifugal blood pump. Numerical simulations were used to evaluate the hydrodynamic bearing lifting force and magnetic bearing forces interaction. An important aspect of rotor suspension system design was the nominal gap in hydrodynamic bearing area in order to reduce the blood damage risk in this region. The analyses results confirmed that for a small diameter centrifugal pump, the nominal operating hydrodynamic bearing gap could be established within the range from 0.033 to 0.072 mm.