Born in Normanby in 1973, Rob attended St Peter’s School in South Bank near Middlesbrough.
A keen interest in engineering and motorsport prompted Rob to study Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough, stemming a long and established career in motorsport.
He spent time working up through the ranks in F1, but is most famous for his race engineer partnership with Felipe Massa at Ferrari. The pair achieved cult status with some of their radio chatter, and were often interviewed together. Their close working relationship saw Smedley follow Massa from their long stint at Ferrari to a new role at Williams. Rob moved on from the race engineer role to become Head of Vehicle Performance for the team instead.