Jaime Alguersuari has opted against a move to another series despite his failure to claim a 2013 race seat in Formula One.
The Spaniard spent the 2012 season on the sidelines after being dropped by Toro Rosso, but he was strongly linked with a move back to F1 this season with Sauber and Force India being mentioned as possible destinations.
However, nothing came of the report and the 22-year-old Spaniard will now spend the year as Pirelli's test driver.
Alguersuari, though, admits he had opportunities to drive outside of F1, but instead opted to stay as close as possible to the real thing.
"When a driver in his best racing form leaves F1, he needs to keep his currency up," he told Autosport.
"That's why I'm very happy to have this Pirelli deal, because I can still be active, can still run in the car and can understand the tyres.
"I'm still ready to jump in and race this year and do the job I should do.
"Possibly I did close other opportunities in other series but now I'm concentrating on this [the Pirelli role].
"Maybe in the future I will look at other things."
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