Apr.16 (GMM) Jaime Alguersuari has admitted he is not sure if he will be able to return to Formula One in 2013.
After his ousting at Toro Rosso, the young Spaniard is keeping up appearances in the paddock this year as a co-commentator for British radio.
And he recently signed on as Pirelli's new F1 test driver.
But "Everyone knows the desire I have to return to competition," Alguersuari is quoted by the Spanish sports daily AS.
"Honestly, right now, today, I don't know where I will be in 2013.
"If I cannot be competing next year then I will try to continue the path of my life somewhere that will make me happy," he added.
When Toro Rosso's new drivers slumped in qualifying last weekend, the similarly-deposed Sebastien Buemi made the point that, in Shanghai a year ago, he and Alguersuari had been in Q3.
As for whether he would be doing a better job now than Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, Alguersuari said: "I'll let you answer that question."
And as for the likely 2012 champion, he added: "I'd bet on one of the McLarens as I think their car is very consistent, generating more downforce than the others and with two very good drivers.
"But it's still open," said Alguersuari, 22.