Pedro de la Rosa insists he doesn't want to return to being a full-time F1 test driver again next season having lost his race seat with Sauber.
The Spaniard returned to racing this year after a lengthy spell as test driver for McLaren, but found himself back on the sidelines when Sauber elected to bring in Nick Heidfeld for the final five races of the season.
De la Rosa will help Pirelli with its test and development programme for the remainder of the year alongside Romain Grosjean and while he is pleased to have the chance to help the new tyre supplier, the 39-year-old said he hadn't given up on racing again in 2011.
"I hope to have a (race) place in Formula One next year," he told formule1.nl
. "If my racing career in Formula One is over, I regret that, but it's not the end of the world.
"One thing is for certain: I will not do another season of testing. Even if I only get a place with a team at the back, I would rather that to being a test driver. Even racing in a bad car is better than testing.
"At the beginning of your career you settle for any car you can get. Then you're more selective, and at the end of your career you're happy with any offer. For me, there is simply nothing better than racing."