NATIONALITY: Father Austrian / German, Mother British
AGE: 16 years, born 13 December 2004 in London, Camden Town
RESIDES: Switzerland, close to Geneva
LANGUAGES: English, French, German (trilingual) and Italian (learning)
INSPIRATIONS: Niki Lauda, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel
GOAL: To become a professional race driver - F1 world champion!
“My dream is to race all day, every day!”
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Joshua Dufek, the young Swiss driver born to an Austrian father and a British mother, is one of the fastest and best racing drivers in his age group worldwide.
Having shone for the SAUBER Karting Team at the highest level internationally as well as for MP Motorsport at his single seater racing debut, Joshua has joined the burgeoning Peak Performance Management (PPM) stable to take the first steps on what both parties hope will be the path to Formula One (F1)...
A winner under an intense global spotlight from the age of eight, Joshua made a thunderous debut in karting in 2013 winning both the Vega Trofeo and the Swiss Championship in the same year. Championship wins in his Swiss homeland were followed by race wins and pole positions en route to a top four placing in the X30 Junior category of Germany’s ADAC Masters series, paving the way for Joshua to graduate to the international scene.
Being selected for the SAUBER Junior Team ahead of the 2019 campaign, Joshua could not have stepped up in a bigger way. He rose to the challenge despite being one of the youngest competitors in the OK Senior class, the highest category in international karting. Instantly running at the front of a field comprising around 100 of the world’s best drivers, he saved his best for last, taking pole position and dominating the wet race from start to finish at the CIK FIA World Championship at Alahärmä in Finland.
Having achieved 38 race wins, 51 podium finishes and 17 pole positions throughout his karting career, Joshua has transitioned to Formula cars in 2020. At his first FIA F4 single seater race in Navarra Joshua has set a record lap time, achieved pole position in qualifying and finished the main race on the podium. During the 2020 campaign, Joshua finished 8-times on the podium and 14-times top-5, achieving a fantastic fourth place in the Spanish F4 championship – finishing on same points as third place overall.
Joshua is now looking to further make his mark in cars, embarking on what is sure to be a swift ascension of the single-seater racing ladder. To that end, he has linked up with the increasingly renowned PPM operation and having already set impressive times in testing, will contest both the German ADAC and Italian national F4 series in 2021.