After the news Felipe Massa has been replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari for 2014, many had been joking about the prospect of Massa's engineer Rob Smedley teaming up with the quiet Finn.

However, that now seems unlikely to happen as it is reported the Middlesborough born Smedley will also be leaving the Italian team.

Smedley has become known for his very close relationship with Massa, with his fatherly-like team radio giving him encouragement and information.

He was most famous for his 'Felipe-baby' comment after Massa was heard shouting over the radio needing a new helmet during the monsoon at the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.

That style would be a complete juxtaposition to Raikkonen, who famously told his race engineer to 'leave him alone' during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year adding 'I know what I'm doing'.

Now though the idea of the pair teaming up seems unlikely with speculation Smedley will return to the first motor sport team he worked for, Williams. While Smedley's first F1 team was Jordan, the Briton worked for Williams' Touring Car team.

It is also expected Smedley will have a higher role than just the current race engineer position he has working on either the engineering or technical side.

At the same time, reaction to the Raikkonen appointment at Ferrari continues to pour in, the most recent figure to have his say his Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher, the German claims the prospect of a Raikkonen- Fernando Alonso partnership is "explosive".

"For motor sport fans it will certainly be a blast, and make for a tough competition.

"It will be exciting to watch," the 44-year-old told Bild newspaper.

"But Ferrari with Fernando and Kimi -- it sounds like an explosive mixture," added Schumacher.

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