Mar.28 (GMM) Pirelli is reportedly considering signing a 2011 race driver to be the official tyre supplier's new test driver.
AS newspaper in Spain said Jaime Alguersuari, formerly at Toro Rosso and now travelling the F1 calendar as a co-commentator for British radio, is a front-runner.
Pirelli has secured the use of a 2010 Renault for private development testing this year, which is expected to begin in May.
AS said the "only obstacle" to a deal for 22-year-old Alguersuari is that Pirelli, an Italian marque, is also interested in Grand Prix winner Jarno Trulli, who raced last year with Team Lotus (now Caterham).
There are no Italian race drivers in F1 this year.