There's absolutely nothing new about race engineers and their drivers moving to a different team together. The list is endless, and it's no coincidence.
The relationship between race-engineer and drivers is a very close one and it's an advantage for any team to recruit staffl who don't need any sort of acclimatisation period with one another.
I don't know why it should be viewed any more jokingly in the case of Massa and Smedley than in previous partnerships.
Rob probably had no idea what he started with his "Felipe-baby" quip...
Smedley, who worked as Felipe Massa's race engineer at Ferrari from 2006-13, has taken up the role of head of vehicle performance at Williams and is travelling to Bahrain this week after officially starting his new role on Monday.
He will be running the pitwall on race weekends and will be the senior engineer at the track working under chief technical officer Pat Symonds.
That role has been filled by chief test and support engineer Rod Nelson so far this season....